When you hear “pipeline” in Hawai’i, the first thing you think of is that quintessential North Shore surf break – a heaving wall of tropical blue water arcing towards shore. Recent research, however, is showing that there’s another, far less appealing but far more direct association brewing between pipelines and coastal waters. Sewage is a big problem here, and while some seaweeds flourish with the extra nutrients, people and corals are getting sick.
Though the battle rages on in Maui, this is an issue all the Hawaii islands, and many other states face as well. You can find out more about how to help reduce the use of injection wells in Hawaii here.
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