Maui groups challenging water commission in court

HONOLULU (AP) - Maui community groups are challenging in state court the state water commission's recent ruling regarding central Maui's Na Wai Eha streams.

Hui o Na Wai Eha and the Maui Tomorrow Foundation on Monday filed a notice of appeal to the commission.

That clears the way for them to appeal their case before the Intermediate Court of Appeals or the state Supreme Court.

Earth justice is representing the groups.

The state water commission last month ruled that Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar and Wailuku Water Co. must restore 12.5 million gallons per day to the Waihee, North Waiehu and South Waiehu streams.

That's only about a third of the water the commission's hearing officer had recommended be restored.