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)


Lawyers disagree over authority in injection well case
Debate has arisen over who can make ultimate decision over lawsuit
The Maui News, September 28, 2019

Possible appeal to U.S. Supreme Court for Maui injection well case in murky waters
Star Advertiser, September 26, 2019

Council votes to settle the injection wells case
Mayor says he will review his options
The Maui News, September 21, 2019

Council Committee Votes to Settle Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility Lawsuit
MauiTime, September 11, 2019

Maui is urged to withdraw its high-court wastewater appeal
Star Advertiser, September 4, 2019

Councilors hear injection well testimony into the night
Committee unable to get to decision-making
The Maui News, September 4, 2019

County of Maui V. Hawaii Wildlife Fund: The lawsuit against Maui County being watched around the country
MauiTime, August 30, 2019

Mayor proposes revised settlement in wastewater case
Plaintiffs’ attorney skeptical over move by administration
The Maui News, August 30, 2019

Maui County Running Out Of Time To Settle Clean Water Act Case
Next week the council will weigh whether it should stop a legal appeal from reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.
Honolulu Civil Beat , August 30, 2019

Groups petition county to withdraw injection well case from Supreme Court
Committee set to consider resolution to settle the case
The Maui News, August 29, 2019

Maui Is Taking This Clean Water Legal Fight All The Way — Some Say Too Far
The Maui wastewater case has far-reaching ramifications for the nation's rivers, lakes and oceans. And it's headed to a conservative Supreme Court.
Honolulu Civil Beat , August 6, 2019

Protect Lahaina’s Coast: Tell Maui County to Stop Pumping Treated Sewage Into the Pacific
Lahaina News, July 9, 2019

Column: Maui should stop its legal challenge against Clean Water Act
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, May 30, 2019

Injection well case settlement deferred after council panel deadlocks on vote
Members split over whether to settle before case reaches US Supreme Court
The Maui News, May 24, 2019

High Court Could Alter Point-Source Discharge Definition in Taking Clean-Water Case
Engineering News-Record, February 23, 2019

Maui Wastewater Lawsuit Headed to Supreme Court
Hawaii Public Radio, February 21, 2019

U.S Supreme Court to hear injection well ruling appeal
Maui County’s battle with the Clean Water Act and subsequent appeals has dragged on for nearly a decade
The Maui News, February 20, 2019

Federal Appeals Court Reaffirms Maui Clean Water Act Decision
MauiNow.com, April 2, 2018

9th Circuit rejects county's request to reconsider ruling
Action reaffirms earlier finding of violations to the Clean Water Act
The Maui News, March 31, 2018

Protect reefs from sewage discharges
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Editorial, February 8, 2018

Maui County violating Clean Water Act, appellate court decides
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, February 5, 2018

Appeals Court Rules on Case Involving Lahaina Injection Wells
MauiNow.com, February 1, 2018

Locations sought for wastewater storage tank
County meets strong resistance to plan for Kaanapali site
The Maui News, September 27, 2016

West Maui wastewater settlement reached
County faces $2.6M penalty if it loses injection well appeal
The Maui News, September 25, 2015

Settlement Reached Lawsuit over Maui Clean Water Act Violations
MauiNow.com, September 24, 2015

Council approves increase of legal budget in defense of 'illegal' wells
Members also approve option to settle the case
The Maui News, July 8, 2015

Maui County cited again for misuse of injection well
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, January 28, 2015

Judge finds Maui County breaking law with Lahaina wastewater
KITV News, January 27, 2015

Injection wells ruling opens county up to civil penalties
The Maui News, January 27, 2015

Federal Court Again Finds Maui County Violating Clean Water Act
MauiNow.com, January 27, 2015

Judge: Maui illegally discharged sewage
Hawaii News Now, January 26, 2015

Maui wells violate federal law, court rules
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, June 3, 2014

Court says injection wells in West Maui are illegal
The Maui News, June 3, 2014

Federal Court Rules County Of Maui Violating Clean Water Act At Lahaina Wastewater Facility
Maui Feed, June 2, 2014

Maui County faces fines for dumping wastewater, damaging coral reef
Hawaii News Now, June 2, 2014

Federal Ruling: Maui County Is Violating Clean Water Act
Maui Now, June 2, 2014

Ocean Pollution Traced to County
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, August 11, 2013

Swiming in Sewage
Maui Time Weekly, August 8, 2013

Study Links Injection Wells, Nearshore Flows
Maui News, July 25, 2013

Judge: Sewage lawsuit against County of Maui may proceed
Lahaina News, August 16, 2012

Community groups sue county over sewage discharges
Lahaina News, May 3, 2012

Four community groups sue Maui County over Sewage Discharge
Maui Weekly, May 3, 2012

Maui County Sued to Stop Sewage Discharges to Popular Beach
Environmental News Service, April 23, 2012

Sewage Plant Accused of Seepage Near Maui Beach
CNS Environmental Law Review, April 20, 2012

Community Groups Sue Maui County to Stop Illegal Sewage Discharges
ENews Park Forest, April 17, 2012

Group suing county, allege Lahaina plant damaging reef
Maui News, April 17, 2012

Quit issuing wastewater, lawsuit tells Maui County
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, April 17, 2012

Environmental groups sue over Lahaina treatment plant
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, April 16, 2012

4 groups sue Maui in federal court over environmental claims at wastewater treatment plant
The Republic, April 16, 2012

Federal Suit Filed Against Maui for Lahaina Discharge
Maui Now, April 16, 2012

Groups To Sue County for Violating Clean Water Act
Lahaina News, 21 July 2011

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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