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Groups, companies settle Maui water dispute

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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Native Hawaiian and environmental groups are settling a decade-long dispute with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar and Wailuku Water Co. over how much water the companies should divert from four Maui streams.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Monday the state attorney general and the state Commission on Water Resource Management reviewed and approved the agreement.

Earthjustice attorney Isaac Moriwake says his clients Hui o Na Wai Eha and the Maui Tomorrow Foundation are very happy with the resolution. He says water will be flowing in four Na Wai Eha streams 10 years after litigation began and more than a century after diversions began drying them out.

Moriwake says restored stream flows will support native species, Native Hawaiian taro farming and other public uses.

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