Merry Christmas to you too, EPA Region IX!)Skippy Hau, aquatic biologist with the state Department of Land and NaturalResources, felt that instead of reacting to pollution after urbanization hasoccurred, the committee should look at ways of preseving and returningnatural stream flows that support a diversity of life."(The old saying... "an ounce of prevention".
Thank you, Mr. Hau
Toappreciate what sewage and run-off does to a system, you just need look atIndian River, Florida.
For those wondering what kinds of effects nutrientssuch as nitrogen and phosphorus have on the ocean, check out this Australianenvironmental server athttp://kaos.erin.gov.au/sea/somer/somer_annex2/bro_txt.html(Ironically a special Turtle Trax cartoon for last week expressedappreciation to various US government agencies, one of which was the EPA
cartoon will now be modified to ensure the EPA Region IX get a LUMP OFCOAL the size of Manhattan!)STATE TO CONTINUE SUBSIDY FOR MAUI
TO MOLOKAI FERRYThis article is about a subsidy to the Maui/Molokai ferry service.
GovernorCayetano was considering cutting the ferry's $165 000 state subsidy butafter meeting with West Maui Rep White he
decided to reduce the subsidy andextend it to June 30, 1996Goals are to reduce the subsidy from $165 000 to $124 000 for the six monthperiod and this would involve "only" a $2.50 fare hike if the ferry can getjust 10 new commuters.(I wonder what the hike would be if the 10 new commuters don't show.... )COUTHOUSE TASK FORCE REPORT READY FOR MAYOR LINGLEThe mayor's task force is recommending that the public parking at Prison andFront be changed to a paid parking lot to help finance renovations to theOld Lahaina Courthouse.Another recommendation is that the country hire a licensed renovationarchitect to figure out how to fit in the five desired uses of the building- museum/gift/gallery, art gallery, visitor centre, community centre andoffices.
chair of the renovation committee said, "Every day, the building isfalling apart a little bit more."The building's problems include roof damage, birds in the attic, electricalproblems and the need for both smoke detectors and an evacuation plan.(Whoaaa!
Sounds like the Chinese sweatshops that have been in the news inthe Toronto Star!)MAUI REGION PTA GEARING UP TO LOBBY THE STATE LEGISLATUREAn interesting article on a meeting of Maui Region PTA.
Seems there werefew people out but the ones who were there had plenty to air.Seems they want to transfer control of new school facilities from theDepartment of Accounting and General Services to the Department ofEducation.
Then there are several paragraphs about beaurocracy and priorities.One interesting comment is about the vice principal at King Kam III
who"spends most of his
time watching children.
The principal said, "He
makestoo much money to be supervising kids in the cafeteria.
I guess the schoolis short of lunch room supervisors...Another issue is about cane smoke and how they want cane burning done OUT ofschool hours because it can trigger breathing problems.>From the Hmmmm... Department:Inside article is CHUMBLEY: SCHOOL FACILITIES SHOULD STAY UNDER DAGSSenator Chumbley said that although the Department of Accounting of GeneralServices "loses sight that the school lare really the customers," he doesn'tsupport an effort to put control over school facilities under the Departmentof Education.
article is quite lengthy so I will just quote one relevant paragraph."Chumbley said it would be inefficient to take out school buildings fromDAGS' purview, which is the agency that oversees all public buildings.
Itwould also hurt the DOE, which "needs to focus primarily on education," he
said.EDITORIAL (as expected it lampoons the EPA) This one is worth quoting inits entirety:By backpedaling on requirements for an important wastewater dischargepermit, the Environmental Protection Agency
has once more proved to be awatchdog without teeth.
hrough the permit for the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility, EPAcould have taken sensible steps to ease community concerns about themillions of gallons of treated wastewater pumped into the ground each day atthe plant.
hile allowing the county to increase the ceiling of how much treatedwastewater it can "waste" down injection wells, EPA
pledged to reject countybid to drill more injection wells for backup, and require Public Works totrack the effluent it is discharging.Maui residents and officials also asked the agency to reduce dischargelimits in the permit, to give the county urgency in its reclamation efforts.
conditions grew out of a meeting in Lahaina
, where EPA officials heardconcerns that the effluent sent down injection wells is degrading WestMaui's drinking water and coastal waters.
The reclaimed water should beused for irrigation, they argued, since the West Side's drinking watersupply is taxed and quality is poor.Now, since the county improved the Lahaina sewage treatment plant and thequality of its end product, EPA has decided to shelve the requirements andsidestep addressing the problems.
county need not construct ground water monitoring wells, and there's nomention of reclamation.
New wells may be approved next year, based oncounty data.