stream diversion

Isaac Moriwake / Earthjustice

The possible sale of Molokaʻi Ranch is driving a community-led effort to end century-old diversions of the island’s stream water. The ranch continues to use water although its operations were shut down more than a decade ago. 

East Maui Irrigation Co.

State lawmakers are weighing a bill that would allow a dozen private users statewide, including Alexander and Baldwin, to continue to divert fresh stream water temporarily. The interim permits would remain in place until the state can issue long-term water leases. Critics say the measure ignores the impact even temporary diversions can have on public trust uses like taro farming.