TMA 2011 Newsletter Now Available

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The Last Drop

A promising plan, aimed at doubling the area of protected watershed over the next 10 years, has been launched by Gov. Abercrombie and state water officials. Aptly entitled, “The Rain Follows the Forest,” the $11 million per year stewardship initiative will create some 150 jobs, investing now to ensure the long term availability of fresh water statewide. Groundwater levels in Pearl Harbor, source of over 60 percent of Oahu’s water, have declined by half since 1990. Read more here.

Watershed protection is vital

Spending millions of taxpayer dollars to replenish Hawaii’s vegetation and native forests may seem extravagant except for the alternative: public consumption reliant on declining sources for absorbing rainwater and replenishing groundwater. The alternative would be to take the salt out of ocean water at enormous expense, which is why Gov. Neil Abercrombie is asking legislators to save the forests. The response should not be delayed. Read more here.

Fences protect 8,000 acres of Kaua‘i wilderness

A new pair of fences in the remote wilderness of Kaua‘i will reportedly protect the island’s primary source of water and one of the most important biological diversity hotspots in the Hawaiian archipelago. To read more click here. 

East Maui plants koa to celebrate anniversary

Two-hundred-fifty koa seedlings were planted in the Makawao State Forest Reserve recently to mark the East Maui Watershed Partnership’s 20 years of conservation work on Maui. Click here to read more.