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Notice #: 05522603
Public Notices

May 1, 2006

The State Department of Health (DOH), tentatively proposes to issue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge storm water into State Waters subject to special conditions to:


The proposed draft NPDES permit will expire at midnight on December 31, 2009.

The purpose of the project is to link Department of Hawaiian Home Lands homestead properties on the island with a modern high speed telecommunications system. The project covered by this permit application includes installation of a fiber optic ductline in a 3.6 mile section of Kalanianaole Highway from Makapuu Lookout to Nakini Street. The method of installation includes open trench work (0.60 miles) and directional drilling (approximately 3.0 miles). Open trenches will be between 1 to 2 feet wide and 3 to 4 feet deep, and covered using State approved backfill material. Manholes about 3 feet by 5 feet in size would be installed in intervals along the route. Directional drilling will be used for route that involve crossing intersection or driveways, work within roadway pavement, and stream or drainage crossings. Construction activities associated with this project is anticipated to begin in June 2007 and be completed in December 2007.

The storm water runoff from the project site will discharge to Waimanalo Bay which is classified as a Class AA, Marine Water, from the southerly boundary of Kaiona Beach Park, and including the waters surrounding Manana and Kaohikaipu Islands, to Makapuu Point and a Class A, Marine Water from the southerly boundary of Kaiona Beach Park up to the vicinity of Nakini Street. Discharges will also occur to Muuwaiolena Stream which is classified as a Class 2, Inland Water, but it is under tidal influence in the area of the discharge. The objective of Class AA waters is that these waters remain in their natural pristine state as nearly as possible with an absolute minimum of pollution or alteration of water quality from any human-caused source or actions. To the extent practicable, the wilderness character of these areas shall be protected.

Persons wishing to comment upon or object to the proposed NPDES permit or to request a public hearing, should submit their comments or requests in writing no later than 30 days after the date of this notice, either in person or by mail, to:

Office Address: Mailing Address:

Clean Water Branch Clean Water Branch
Environmental Management Division Environmental Management Division
State Department of Health State Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 301 P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96814-4920 Honolulu, HI 96801-3378

Copies of the proposed draft permit and other information are available for public inspection, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., at the DOH office address shown above. Copies may be bought. The draft permit and fact sheet are also available on the internet at health/environmental/water/cleanwater/pubntcs/index.html. For more information or if you have special needs due to disability that will aid you in inspecting and/or commenting on the draft permit and related information, please contact Mr. Alec Wong, Supervisor of the Engineering Section, Clean Water Branch, at the above address or (808) 586-4309 (Voice) at least seven (7) days before the comment deadline. For those who use a TTY/TDD, please call through Sprint Relay Hawaii, at 1-711 or (808) 447-5991.

All comments and requests received on time will be considered. If DOH determines that there is significant public interest, a public hearing may be held after at least 30 days of public notice.

If DOH’s position is substantially unchanged after considering all timely written comments and all oral comments at any public hearing that may be held, then the DOH will issue the NPDES permit and this action will be final.

Please notify anyone you know who would be interested in this matter.

Chiyome Leinaala Fukino, M.D.
(SB05522603 5/1/06) Director of Health