Commentary – Bureau of Interior Wants To Control New Development in North Kona

I’m deeply concerned about the actions of the National Park Service and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These federal agencies intend to control how much new development happens in North Kona it seems.

For example, the National Park Service wants the State of Hawaii to designate the Keauhou aquifer as a water resource management area and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to assign nearly 19,000 acres of land in North Kona as a critical habitat area.  In addition, the
National Park Service was the first entity to intervene in the stalled Queen Kaahumanu Highway phase 2 widening project’s section 106 process in early 2011.

These requests, if approved, will impact all new developments in North Kona. It strips home rule authority from the County of Hawaii and adds an additional layer of bureaucracy to the entitlement process.

I firmly believe the County and State of Hawaii are in a better position to manage our resources than a bunch of bureaucrats in Washington D.C.

Aaron Stene
Kailua-Kona

One Response

  1. Aloha e,

    You are 100% correct.

    More info at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czBRfe2kEYw

    The Rain Follows the Forest watershed initiative relied on 2008 data from the State Water Resource Protection Plan even though the 2011 USGS Water-Budget Model and Assessment of Groundwater Recharge for the Island of Hawaii has more accurate data and shows up to 200% more recharge in some areas and Keauhou has 77% more. 2008 SY=38mgd. 2011 SY=152mgd with 114mgd discharge to ocean.

    I guess acidification of the ocean and coral reefs does not matter in this case. haha

    Federalization of Hawaii my friends and certain people in our State government are allowing it to happen.

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