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Brown water advisory issued for north, east shores of Oahu

UPDATE: 5:40 p.m.

A brown water advisory has also been issued for Kailua Beach on Oahu. Nearby stream flow has caused runoff and debris to enter coastal waters.


Brown water advisories that went into effect for Oahu’s west and south shores, and Maui’s north shores, were canceled today.

However, a new advisory is in place for north and east shores on Oahu.

Surface runoff is entering coastal waters in impacted areas, the state Department of Health Clean Water Branch said in a news release.

“The public is advised to stay out of runoff waters due to possible contamination by pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated runoff debris,” the advisory reads.

Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, but the public is urged to stay out if the water is brown.

The previous brown water advisory for Oahu was prompted by heavy rainfall over some parts of the island. Maui’s expired advisory was triggered by high surf that caused coastal waters to reach into foliage and other areas above the normal high-water mark.

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