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Hawaii officials say water will be returned to Waimea River

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WAIMEA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii officials say water that has been diverted for 100 years will finally be returned to the Waimea River.

The Garden Island reports the Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management approved a settlement in a complaint Tuesday to stop the diversion. The agreement states that tens of millions of gallons of water will be restored to the river daily. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said in its release the restored water flow will provide water for homesteading and farming, and open up the possibility for a renewable energy project.

A 2013 compliant by a watershed alliance claimed too much water was being taken from the river. The parties involved say that they are pleased that they were able to settle the matter in a year's time.

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