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Excess runoff may be to blame for murky Ka'elepulu Stream

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Scientists believe that excess runoff from a nearby construction project may be the culprit behind the cloudy appearance of Ka'elepulu Stream in Enchanted Lakes.

Dead fish and green, murky water appeared in the stream this past week.

The Enchanted Lakes Residence Association blames the Delta Construction Corporation, saying the company dumped sediment that's been washing downstream ever since. The company did not return a request from Hawaii News Now for an interview.

Videos on YouTube appear to show muddy water and other debris that may be from the project, which began in 2010, entering a nearby storm drain.

The city tries to regularly clear the mouth of the stream, but says recent setbacks mean the maintenance isn't as often as many nearby residents would like.

"We're doing the best we can with the resources that we have," said Westley Chun, the city's Facilities Maintenance director. "As far as Ka'elepulu stream, that's the mouth that we breach more often than any other stream on the island."

The city, which only has one excavator on hand for stream mouth maintenance work, says it expects to have two more excavators by the end of the year.

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