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Gender Gap: It's Real!
Water, Our Most Precious Resource (What Shall We Do?) (Linda Lai Hipp)
Happy Birthday Hawaii County LWV
Mr. Herman Goes to Convention (Peter Herman)
League Talks To... Sen. Chang, Rep. Okamura, Bill Dendle
Council
League Welcomes Dot

Water, Our Most Precious Resource (What Shall We Do?)

Hawaii's water supply and the contamination of water confronted the members of the 1984 State Legislature. Bills and resolutions which lawmakers considered dealt with everything from water catchment problems in rural areas to determining a visitor quota based upon water supplies. Some proposed legislation covered environmental issues such as pesticide detection and cleansing, and nuclear waste disposal. A few addressed the complex problems of the legal control of water.

Although few substantive legislative measures were passed during the 1984 session, several resolutions were adopted by the House. One requests a study on establishing a State agency to coordinate and address environmental quality matters. However, several bills addressing pesticides never left committee. One resolution would have directed that a determination be made as to the source of EDB contamination of Waipahu wells. Two resolutions, which were adopted, request that the EPA establish maximum chemical contaminant levels in drinking water, and initiate safeguards on chemical usage by the military and other federal agencies. Another adopted House resolution deals with a study of recycling greywater methods.

The 1985 Legislative Session could be a productive one as the quantity, quality and legal control of our future water supplies may be determined. If the Advisory Study Commission on Water Resources progresses on schedule as it works to develop a water code, public hearings will be held on the draft code and the Legislature will have the direction it needs in making decisions. These public hearings, tentatively scheduled for October, will offer League members and the public the opportunity to assist in the development of the water code. This code will help determine the course of island development and the availability of pure water.

Linda Lai Hipp

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