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Hawaii is a member of the Southwest States and Pacific Islands Water Quality Coordination Team

Project Name: Best Management Practices to Reduce Runoff from Pineapple Fields, West Maui
ASO Log No.: 95-090
Start/End Date: November 1994 to September 1996
Federal Funds: $100,000.00
Matching Funds: $66,000.00
Contractor: David Nobriga
West Maui Soil and Water Conservation District
PO Box 1170
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: (808) 244-7951
An algae bloom off the coast of West Maui in 1989 and 1999, followed by a “500 year storm” in 1993 spurred community uproar over land uses affecting near shore ocean water quality. The West Maui Watershed Advisory Committee was asked to review all land uses from Launiupoko to Kapalua and to make recommendations to improve near shore ocean water quality.
Objectives/Goals: Implementation of over 22 best management practices specifically chosen and designed to improve and enhance existing pineapple best management practices on Maui Land and Pineapple Company.
Methods Employed: • Adding mauka terraces, infield terraces, filed layout changes, and grass terraces
• Making road improvements
• Constructing siltation basins
Pollutants of Concern: Sediment
Watershed: Honokowai and Kahana Watersheds, West Maui
Size of Project: Encompasses 9 square miles from Honokowai to Kapalua, island of Maui
Affected Water Bodies: Waters off of West Maui from Honokowai to Kahana
Deliverables: Results and evaluation in Final Report
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