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Proposal would add verification step to Hawaii beach-water bacteria alerts

  • BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Hanakaoo Beach Park in Lahaina is one of the 15 Maui beaches tested weekly for bacteria levels by the state Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch. The department is proposing changes to protocols for alerting the public to potential contamination in nearshore waters.

    BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Hanakaoo Beach Park in Lahaina is one of the 15 Maui beaches tested weekly for bacteria levels by the state Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch. The department is proposing changes to protocols for alerting the public to potential contamination in nearshore waters.

  • BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Oneloa Beach, popularly known as Big Beach, in Makena, is one of the 15 Maui beaches tested weekly for bacteria levels by the state Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch.

    BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Oneloa Beach, popularly known as Big Beach, in Makena, is one of the 15 Maui beaches tested weekly for bacteria levels by the state Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch.

  • BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Stormwater runoff from the West Maui Mountains pours into the ocean through this outlet at Hanakaoo Beach Park in Lahaina. The Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch issued high-bacteria-level advisories for the beach on Jan. 23 and Dec. 24.

    BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Stormwater runoff from the West Maui Mountains pours into the ocean through this outlet at Hanakaoo Beach Park in Lahaina. The Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch issued high-bacteria-level advisories for the beach on Jan. 23 and Dec. 24.

The health department is proposing changes to protocols for alerting the public to potential contamination in nearshore waters. Read more

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