Hawaii wins federal grant to help protect water supply

Hawaii wins federal grant to help protect water supply


Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii is receiving a federal grant to help it protect the state's native forests and drinking water supply.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says the money will supplement funds already appropriated by the state Legislature. Officials plan to announce details of the award at a news conference on Wednesday.

The state in 2013 allocated millions of dollars to boost native forests by removing invasive species and planting native trees. Funds are also paying for the installation of fences that will keep out feral pigs, goats and other grazing animals that destroy native forests.

The state says restoring forests is the most cost-efficient way to absorb rainwater and replenish groundwater.

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