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Hanalei restoration project to prevent flooding complete

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - State officials have announced the completion of a multi-million dollar project to prevent flooding and protect endangered species in the Hanalei Stream.

The Garden Island reports that among those who celebrated the state-sponsored restoration project Friday included taro farmers, state leaders and engineers.

Department of Land and Natural Resources chief engineer Carty Chang says the repairs to the stream bank have lessened the risk of flooding and protected habitat for endangered Hawaii waterbirds, as well as benefited taro farmers.

The state Legislature provided DLNR millions of dollars for the project in 2011. The repairs were necessary in order to fix a breach in the Hanalei bank from 20 years ago.

Hanalei is one of only two Environmental Protection Agency National Heritage rivers west of the Rockies.

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