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Groups file petition in Maui water diversion case

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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Two Maui groups are calling on the state to return more water to the four major streams flowing from the West Maui Mountains in light of the closure of Hawaii's last sugar plantation at the end of the year.

Hui o Na Wai Eha and the Maui Tomorrow Foundation filed a petition Wednesday to the state Commission on Water Resource Management. An attorney for the groups told the Maui News an exact amount of water to be returned to Na Wai Eha hasn't been requested.

The groups said in a release the closure of the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. plantation, which is the predominant user of Na Wai Eha stream-flow diversions, would help restore native ecosystems, revitalize Native Hawaiian culture and recharge drinking water aquifers.

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