Wetland restoration is topic of meeting

The Maui Nui Resource Council will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Pacific Whale Foundation’s classrooms at the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, according to an announcement.

The meeting will be open to the public and include a presentation about restoration plans for the Paniaka wetland at Makena State Park.

Guest presenter Elizabeth Speith, the foundation’s Paniaka wetland restoration coordinator, will discuss plans to restore the wetland’s native flora and fauna, explain restoration goals and set out the project’s timeline.

The meeting will include an update on the council’s pilot program to examine the feasibility of restoring oysters to Maui harbors and bays to help clean ocean water. And, there will be information about the proposed Maui County ban on sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate and an opportunity to learn more about the group’s recently launched South Maui water quality testing program.

Holiday-themed refreshments will be provided.

The council is a community-based nonprofit working for healthy coral reefs, clean ocean water and an abundance of native fish in Maui County.

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