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Agency looks for pollution source in Kauai stream

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Department of Health is investigating the source of pollution in a Kauai stream found to be contaminated.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Surfrider Foundation- Blue Water Task Force found "extreme" levels of enterococcus bacteria in Waiopili Stream in Mahaulepu.

The bacteria indicate contamination by fecal matter.

Surfrider member Carl Berg says he collected the water samples to establish baseline data from the stream ahead of the possible construction of a proposed dairy farm.

The Health Department's Clean Water Branch plans to collect stream samples next week. The agency has obtained permission from the landowner to conduct a sanitation survey of the Mahaulepu watershed.

Clean Water Branch monitoring and analysis supervisor Watson Okubo says feral pigs could be the source of the pollution.

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