Commission on Water Resources Management recommends changes to Red Hill permits

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The Department of Lands and Natural Resources Commission on Water Resources Management is considering certain modifications to the three US Navy water licenses associated with Red Hill.

In January, the commission formed an Authorized Interaction Action Group to begin investigating the Red Hill crisis and make recommendations to the entire body that oversees and administers the Red Hill water code. ‘State.

On Tuesday, the PIG presented its report, recommending special conditions, strengthening a permit modification process for users of water from Pearl Harbor and the Honolulu Aquifer System and reviewing existing national policies to address shortages. water in the future.

PIG member Commissioner Mike Buck said changing the water license would require an enforceable plan for restoring the aquifer. Special conditions would define agency responsibilities, implementation timelines and funding.

“Requiring the Navy to cooperate and financially support the remediation and recovery of the aquifer is not an unreasonable request,” Buck said at the committee meeting on Tuesday. “They are responsible for damage to the aquifer and they also have a vested interest in its future use. They need this water as much as all of us.

Buck said special conditions would ensure accountability and transparency.

“Aligning their accountability for their future water use by amending their water license is the most powerful lever the State of Hawaii needs to ask them to commit the resources to recoup that,” said said Buck.

The PIG also recommended that the plan include remediation progress, water quality data sharing, contingency plans, water sampling and modeling, and implementation of the water shortage plan.

The Commission on Water Resources Management will then meet in June to deliberate and vote on these recommendations.

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