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Brown-water advisory issued for stretch of Maui shoreline

The state health department issued a brown water advisory for the stretch of shoreline between Honolua to Hanakaoo on Maui this afternoon.

The advisory is due to heavy rains resulting in stormwater runoff entering coastal waters. The newest advisory joins existing ones for Honolua and Honokahua Bays as well as the stretch of shoreline from Hookipa Beach Park to Waiehu on Maui posted on Monday.

Brown water advisories also remain in place for the North-East coast and Hilo Bay of Hawaii island, Kakahaia Wildlife Refuge on Molokai and Waimea Bay on Oahu.

“The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals and associated flood debris,” said the advisory. “Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown stay out. Continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow up with your primary care physician if you have any health concerns.”

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