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Working to improve the health of Maui's Watersheds.

Kēōkea Riparian Rehabilitation

A total of 7.6 acres of Riparian Corridor along Kēōkea Gulch have been fenced off and planted with native vegetation. Learn more by clicking HERE.

Denuded landscape outside of fence vs. protected riparian corridor inside of fence.

Utilization of R-1 Wastewater to Mitigate for Axis Deer Damage

A pilot project is underway to understand the application of R-1 wastewater on erosion-prone landscapes of leeward Haleakalā. The intent of this pilot project is to identify the best delivery system to place large amounts of R-1 water on leeward Haleakala to revegetate the landscape that has been denuded by axis deer. By relocating the R-1 water back onto the land and removing it from injection wells, this project will have a significant impact on near shore water quality and coral reef health. In addition, the project will promote aquifer recharge and may benefit wetlands makai of the highway by increasing surficial aquifer elevations. Utilizing the R-1 water for forage and food growth will also improve local food security.

Feral ungulate fencing to secure perimeter of project site.

These projects have been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under assistance agreement C9-96978722-0 to the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, Clean Water Branch. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA, nor does the EPA endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial projects mentioned in this document.

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