"Deluded" is the only word that comes to mind after reading the state's response on the work being done along the coast at Ukumehame (Viewpoint, Aug.27).
My friends and I and many others have surfed that stretch of coast for years. The runoff from the clogged storm drain at Maalaea a few years ago devastated the reef on the pali side of Papalaua. I used to be in awe at the clarity of the water there, but no more.
Now the drain pipe side of Papalaua and Pako'a (Thousand Peaks), which was previously spared from that runoff, is thick with mud and silt from the revetment being done there. Ask any surfer, stand-up paddle boarder or fisherman.
It is a shame and a ecological crime. There are thousands of species of sealife supported by the reefs in that area, and if you think they aren't being affected by the layer of mud and silt, go bury yourself in the same and let me know how it affects you.
I applaud Irene Bowie (Viewpoint, Aug. 22) for being vigilant to the blatant disregard the state shows toward our diminishing resources and the life they support.