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State wants answers to Kauai stream bacteria

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The state Department of Health wants to know how large amounts of bacteria are getting into a Kauai stream.The state is requesting permission from landowner Grove Farm to access property in Mahaulepu to figure out what's getting into the Waiopili Stream.

The Garden Island reports it's one of several streams on Kauai that continuously fails to meet state water-quality standards.

The health department says it has taken samples at Waiopili and found high levels of bacteria.

Grove Farm Vice President Marissa Sandblom said in an email Monday that the company never received any data or official report on test results.

County spokeswoman Beth Tokioka says Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. is aware of the situation and interested in getting more solid data about what's causing the bacteria levels.

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