State holding hearings on new dam, reservoir rules

HONOLULU (AP) - The state plans to hold statewide public hearings about proposed new rules for dams and reservoirs next month.

The proposed regulations are designed to provide guidance on the construction of new dams and the alteration or removal of existing dams. They would also establish minimum operational and physical requirements for the structures.

The revisions are required by a 2007 law designed to strengthen dam safety measures.

The state enacted the law one year after Kaloko dam burst on Kauai, killing seven people.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has scheduled hearings in Lihue on Oct. 12, Oahu on Oct. 13, Kahului on Oct. 14 and Kamuela on Oct. 15.

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