WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Offshore sand could help deter beach erosion in west Maui.
Maui News reports (http://bit.ly/22GWxph) the county planning department has been working with consultant Moffatt & Nichol since February on a study that resulted in the discovery in April of 300,000 cubic yards of sand off Kahana Bay.
A University of Hawaii Sea Grant official says it's a long process to get the sand to shore. Research, planning and permitting could take five years with costs estimated between $15 million and $20 million.
Officials are working on an environmental impact statement for the plan.
Owners of condominiums and resorts in the area have spent thousands over the years to protect their properties.
El Nino brought high tides and strong swells that contributed to the disappearing coastline and impacted properties.
Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com