Thursday, August 18, 2011
What was DLNR told before the Kaloko dam breach, and what did they do?
“We have written many letters about the diversion of the upper Moloa`a Stream system, but have gotten no responses. We warned people about these un-permitted diversions mauka of Kaloko before the Kaloko dam breach…”
by Larry Geller
The pull-quote above is a small part of an investigative article by Andy Parx (Got Windmills?,Get Back Jack, 8/17/2011).
To Oahu dwellers, Kauai is a strange, distant land that seldom breaks into our news radar. The Ka Loko Dam break, which was one incident that made news, is not a closed case yet.
Andy’s article, and the letter he quotes, raise important issues around the response of a state agency, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), to a water diversion issue that could have contributed to those deaths.
The diversion issue isn’t over yet. Check out Andy’s coverage. Even though this may appear to be a Kauai issue, it has to do with the functioning of our state government. As citizens we need to know that our safety and livelihoods are being protected by government agencies carrying out the jobs they are intended to perform.
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