Honolua Stream Flash Floods and Fills The Bay w/ Mud

On 12/12/12, an interesting article was published on MauiNow.com talking about how the West Maui water treatment facility at Mahinahina shut down because the water from the Honolua Ditch system (which diverts water from Honolua Stream) was too muddy for them to filter. http://mauinow.com/2011/12/12/heavy-rains-make-honolua-water-too-muddy-for-filtration/ Later that afternoon, Honolua Stream flash flooded sending tons of mud and debris into the bay.  Water quality specialists are very concerned about the effects of mud on the coral.  This reminds us of the importance of  using proper techniques to control runoff from upstream development and the effects of stream diversion.

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