West Maui Preservation Association Web Site


WMPA is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Hawaii
dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring the natural and
cultural environment of West Maui including Land Conservation
and educational activities related thereto.


Mailing Address :
P. O. Box 11150,
Lahaina, Maui, HI  96761


The West Maui Preservation Association has been studying water quality problems associated with the Lahaina Wastewater Treatment Facility since its incorporation. It has conducted water quality sampling including pathogen sampling. It has sought remediation at the federal, state and county levels. Below are informational links related to the issue of West Maui's injection wells.


NRDC: Testing the Waters 2011

Herbivore enhancement as a tool for reef restoration (Jennifer Smith)

An Ecosystem Recovery Area in Maui Coastal Waters (Celia Smith, PhD)

Characterize Public Health Issues From Exposure To Pathogens (Robert Toonen, PhD)

An Ecosystem Recovery Area in Maui coastal waters: Kahekili (Celia Smith and Ivor Williams)

USGS Pacific Coral Reefs Studies (Maui)

Other Scholarly Papers Available Online

Using d15N values in algal tissue to map locations and potential sources of anthropogenic nutrient inputs on the island of Maui, Hawai'i, USA. (Dailer M.L. et al)

A multitracer approach to detecting wastewater plumes from municipal injection wells in nearshore marine waters at Kihei and Lahaina, Maui, Hawai'i (Hunt, C. et al, USGS)


Injection well lawsuit in the works
Maui News, June 30, 2011

Policy panel moves toward EPA settlement
Maui News, June 30, 2011

Earthjustice files notice of intent to sue county over West Maui injection wells
Maui News, June 29, 2011

Deflecting EPA sanctions could cost millions
Maui News, June 17, 2011

Cutting use of injection wells will cost $29M
Maui News, January 30, 2011

Efforts to curb use of injection wells continue
Maui News, November 8, 2010

Injection Well Work Draws Attention
Maui News, July 31, 2010

EPA orders county water test
Maui Weekly, June 10, 2010

Maui balks at order for water tests
Star Advertiser, June 7, 2010

EPA orders county to test isle waters
Maui News, June 6, 2010

Wastewater Injection Wells May Be Polluting Our Ocean
Maui Time Weekly, May 20, 2010

Councilors seek to place restrictions on injection wells
Maui News, April 29, 2010

Injection wells permit exemption upheld
Maui News, April 29, 2010

Group: DIRE need for injection wells action
Maui News, Feb 10, 2010

Water recycling goal faces hurdles
Maui News, January 10, 2010

Get Rid of Injection Wells
Lahaina News, August 27, 2009

EPA takes testimony on West Maui injection wells
Lahaina News, August 27, 2009

EPA to hold public hearing on injection well permit for Honokowai plant
Lahaina News, August 20, 2009

Mayor Tavares wants to grow algae for biofuel. Bad idea
Maui Time Weekly, August 27, 2009

Tavares on 18 injection wells: Get rid of all of them
Maui News, August 23, 2009

EPA hearing to consider Lahaina injection wells
Maui News, Nov 2, 2008

Change the Channel!
Maui Time, November 15, 2007

Seaweed, injectionwells suspects in reef decline
Maui News, July 31, 2007

Invasive algae blooms, hurts isle reefs
Maui News, May 27, 2007

Partner Websites

Hawaii Wildlife Fund

Maui Chapter -- Surfrider Foundation

Maui Chapter -- Sierra Club

Earthjustice -- Mid-Pacific Office

Don't Inject -- Redirect!

Government Websites

Department of Environmental Management, County of Maui

Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative, University of Hawai'i

Kahekili Reef Recovery Area, Department of Land and Natural Resources

Department of Health, State of Hawaii

DOH Administrative Rules

Environmental Protection Agency (Region IX), U.S. Government

EPA in Hawai'i

EPA --- UIC Permit Docs for Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility

Pacific Services Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration






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