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Groundbreaking starts Oahu marsh restoration

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KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) - After 15 years of planning, ground has been broken for a project to restore Kawainui marsh on windward Oahu.

The $6.4 million project will restore habitat for four endangered water birds: the Hawaiian duck, the Hawaiian stilt, the Hawaiian moorhen and the Hawaiian coot. It's also expected to reduce runoff to coastal reefs and remove invasive weeds.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Kailua community have been working together for 15 years to develop a restoration plan for the 830-acre marsh.

The work will include 11 terraced shallow ponds, an earthen berm system, and solar-powered water supply system. The state is covering 25 percent of the cost, or more than $1 million. The federal government will pay the rest.

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