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State to hold public hearings on water plan

The Maui News

A state water panel will hold virtual public hearings in January on an update to the State Water Projects Plan, the Department of Land and Natural Resources announced Wed-nesday.

The plan helps provide a framework for planning and implementation of water development programs to meet projected water demand for state projects, such as schools, harbors, parks, agricultural parks and office buildings. It’s one of five component plans that make up the Hawaii Water Plan.

According to the State Water Projects Plan, an additional 34 million gallons per day of potable water and more than 148 mgd of nonpotable water is needed by 2034 to support state projects. The plan breaks down the water needs by county, state department and hydrologic unit.

The Commission on Water Resource Management will hold hearings on the plan at 9 a.m. Jan. 13 and 6 p.m. Jan. 14, with the hearing officer, presenters and testifiers participating online. Hearings will be livestreamed at www.youtube.com/user/dlnrcwrm/.

To provide live oral or video testimony during the meeting, participants should email dlnr.cwrm@hawaii.gov no later than 48 hours in advance with their name, phone number, email address and computer identification name (which can be found by checking the device settings). Commission staff will then provide the meeting link information. Testifiers need to speak at only one of the two hearings.

The commission will continue to accept written testimony until Feb. 15. Testimony should be mailed to the Commission on Water Resource Management, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, P.O. Box 621, Honolulu 96809; emailed to dlnr.cwrm@hawaii.gov; or faxed to (808) 587-0219.

Participants with disabilities should contact the commission at the same address or by phone at (808) 587-0214 at least three days in advance of the hearing to indicate if they have special needs that require accommodation.

For more information or to view the full document, visit dlnr.hawaii.gov/cwrm/planning/hiwaterplan/swpp/.

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