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Preserve wetlands

May 12, 2011
Maui Weekly

Are you aware of the plan to build a multi-story commercial building in the wetlands of Kanaha Pond Waterfowl Sanctuary in Kahului? Have we not learned what happens when we build in wetlands? Buildings flood, property is damaged and destroyed, and even more of the coral reef system is destroyed by ocean pollution. The north side of Mā‘alaea Bay is still brown since December.

The mayor talks of removing buildings that were constructed for decades in wetlands along our south beaches, offering that because we allowed this poor planning then, we suffer the natural consequences now. But across the isthmus, a developer plans to build a multi-story building in wetlands.

We have all sorts of county, community and state plans. We have various permit requirements and regulations. Isn’t some part of all of this regulation meant to prevent development and building in inappropriate locations, like wetlands? What are they thinking?



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