Weigh in on KIUC’s water diversions

LIHUE — Those wanting to weigh-in on the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s bid for a long-term lease of water used for the Waiahai hydropower plants have until midnight tonight to comment on the draft environmental assessment (EA).

The roughly 700-page document was federally submitted October 8, experienced technical difficulties and re-published on November 23. Comment period on this document ends tonight at midnight.

It looks at how the 65-year long-term water lease and diversions would affect the environment.

The Draft EA is part of KIUC’s application for a long-term lease of the waters from the North Fork Wailua River and Waikoko Stream, collectively referred to as the “Blue Hole Diversion”. That’s been in use since 2002 to run two hydropower plants.

Submit Comments to DLNR’s Ian Hirokawa Ian.c.hirokawa@hawaii.gov with copies to consultant SSFM International, Inc. at jschefel@ssfm.com and copies to applicant Kauai Island Utility Cooperative at dhuff@joulegroup.com.

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