Castle & Cooke Resorts wins Lanai water dispute
LANAI CITY, Hawaii — Castle & Cooke Resorts can continue using brackish water drawn from Lanai’s high-level aquifer to irrigate The Challenge at Manele golf course.
Lanai environmentalists were disappointed by the decision issued Friday by the state Land Use Commission.
But supporters of Castle & Cooke say Lanai’s struggling economy needs the golf course to remain viable in order to preserve jobs.
The water dispute tracks back to the Land Use Commission’s approval of the Manele project district in 1991, and has included the state Supreme Court.
On Friday, commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a proposal by Castle & Cooke to define nonpotable water according to the amount of chlorides it contained. The definition allow the company to continue using its brackish wells.
Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com