Upcountry Maui Watershed Included in Funding Release

May 30, 2012, 1:11 PM HST · Updated May 31, 5:47 AM
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Upcountry, Maui water storage. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A $1.4 million funding appropriation has been released for the installation of a new pipeline system at the Upcountry Maui Watershed.

Work on the Upcountry Maui Watershed includes the installation of 10 miles of high-density main distribution pipeline; more than 15 miles of lateral and sublateral pipelines; and pressure regulating devices, manholes and siphons on the upper slope of Kula.

Governor Neil Abercrombie announced the release of funds as part of a larger $8.1 million release for Capital Improvement Projects that protect and manage Hawai’i’s watershed and water resources.

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“These CIP funds support my administration’s commitment to being responsible stewards of the environment, while also furthering the creation of local jobs as part of a sustainable economy,” said Gov. Abercrombie.

Other projects identified as priority items by the state Legislature and included in the funding release were:

  • Energy Conservation and Sustainable Design Improvements, statewide, $3,439,000: Development and implementation of various energy conservation projects to maximize energy efficiency in public facilities, including the Liliu’okalani, Ke’elikolani and Kina’u Hale Buildings
  • Waimea Transfer Ditch, Hawai’i, $2,000,000: Construction for improvements to the Waimea Transfer Ditch, the primary source of water for farmers in this area
  • Waimea Hydropower Plant, Hawai’i Island, $1,000,000: Installation of a hydropower plant in the irrigation system
  • State Lower Hamakua Ditch Watershed, Hawai’i Island, $300,000: Repair of flumes, ditches, reservoirs and tunnels for the irrigation system, including removal of sediment in ditches, modification of intake structures and installation of new lateral distribution lines
  • Waiahole Water System, O’ahu, $57,000: Planning and design for improvements

The Governor also released an additional $250,000 for a grant to Papakolea Community Development Corporation.  The grant will be used toward installation of photovoltaic panels and other energy efficient projects for the Papakolea Community Park and Full Service Center.

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The nonprofit organization fosters a sustainable community in the Hawaiian homestead of Papakolea on Hawai’i Island.

***Supporting information courtesy State of Hawai’i, Office of the Governor.

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