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March 7, 2001
About Construction at the Waimanalo Reservoir
Honolulu - The Hawaii
Department of Agriculture (HDOA) would like to correct
misinformation contained in a news release issued today
by the Waimanalo Neighborhood Board No. 32 regarding the
Waimanalo Watershed project, which includes improvements
to the Waimanalo Reservoir.
- The improvement
project was not "shut down by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers," as stated in the
board's news release. The Corps of Engineers was
not involved in the work stop order.
It was HDOA that issued a stop work order to the
contractor on March 6, 2001 at the request
of Enviro Watch, Inc., which reported that they
found charcoal in an area being cleared around
the Waimanalo Reservoir. Enviro Watch, Inc.
believes that this may be an archeological
preservation site, thus the stop work order was
issued by HDOA.
- The NRCS is the
agency primarily responsible for the design and
engineering of the work, which would include
securing the necessary permits. NRCS reports that
the Corps of Engineers notified NRCS that no
permits were necessary for the work on the
embankment of the reservoir. (Again, the project
has not been shut down by the Corps of
Engineers.) NRCS reports that because the work
being conducted to repair and stabilize the
embankment surrounding the reservoir and does not
affect the reservoir water itself, the original
project environmental studies continue to be
valid in the repair project.
- A total of 34
government agencies and community organizations
reviewed the Environmental Impact Statement. This
group included the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and the State Department of Land and Natural
Resources, which includes the Dam Safety Office,
the State Historical Preservation Division and
the Aquatic Resources Division.
- Currently, about 90
farmers utilizing about 600 acres are actively
using water from the Waimanalo Reservoir.