SOUTHWEST MAUI WATERSHED PLAN
The Southwest Maui Watershed Plan (Plan) was developed for the Central Maui County Soil and Water Conservation District (CMSWCD) in 2013 to provide sediment reduction measures for the 49,688 acre planning area comprised of the Hapapa, Wailea and Mo’oloa watersheds. The area extends from the summit of Haleakalā to the coastal areas of Kihei, Wailea, and Makena. Implementation projects developed by the Plan were meant to improve water quality throughout the watershed.
Unfortunately, the Plan is not currently recognized as a priority watershed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) Clean Water Branch (CWB). Because of this, the Plan in its current condition is not eligible for Federal 319 Grant Program funds and the various projects for improving water quality within the watershed are not able to be implemented.
FOUR MAJOR DIFICIENCES OF THE ORIGINAL PLAN
The plan must offer load reduction estimates for each of the proposed implementation projects listed in the watershed plan.
We need to develop a robust monitoring and assessment plan to capture the effects of our implementation projects.
We need to create maps showing the specific locations where measurements will be taken and explain why these locales were chosen.
We need to develop a project timeline with milestones for determining project progression.
CREATING A WATERSHED COORDINATOR
In order to best fulfill these requirements, Michael Reyes was named as the Watershed Coordinator in 2017 to ensure the Southwest Maui Watershed Plan project is elevated to priority status by the EPA and DOH CWB so that we may become eligible for 319 Grant Program funding. The Watershed Coordinator will assist in the development of load reduction estimated for each of the proposed implementation projects, the creation of a monitoring plan, the generation of cartographic maps and an overall project timeline to accompany the monitoring plan.
The watershed coordinator is also responsible for communications with the EPA, the DOH CWB, CMSWCD and independent contractors to address the four issues listed above.
ABOUT THE WATERSHED