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Water Resources Working Group

As an island state with finite resources, water quality and quantity issues are of critical importance to our sustainability. With the goal of widespread use of ecosystem-based approaches to managing land, water, and living resources in our island state, one strategy is to connect researchers, public agencies, and non-profit groups to discuss water resources issues in Hawai'i. Such collaboration can help develop research priorities and strategic actions. Another possible outcome from this working group is to generate and maintain a clearinghouse of water resources issues and efforts in Hawai'i.

A kick-off meeting was held in January 2013 at the UH Sea Grant offices in the Hawai'i Institute for Geophysics at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Participants included university researchers in meteorology, marine and atmospheric sciences, hydrology, economics, and civil engineering; the UH Water Resources Research Center; the UHM Office of Physical, Environmental, & Long Range Planning; the State Commission on Water Resources Management; the State Department of Health, Clean Water Branch; the United States Geological Survey; and the City & County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply.