By the end of 2012, a water resource allocation plan for 25 rivers that flow through more than one province will be put into use, limiting the amount of water that can be taken from the rivers by each of the provinces.
“We are doing our best to accelerate the process,” said Chen Ming, deputy head of the Water Resources Department at the Ministry of Water Resources. “Hopefully, the plan will come out by August.”
Water plan to take effect by 2012
The water resource allocation plan is one of the moves the ministry has taken to promote the implementation of the most stringent regulations in Chinese water resource management.
Announced in January by the State Council, the regulation set four “must-complete” targets by 2030, including limiting the country’s annual total water consumption to less than 700 billion cubic meters.
PAIA – The state Commission on Water Resource Management will hold two days of hearings starting Wednesday on competing applications for withdrawal of water from Na Wai Eha, the surface water collection system that serves Central and South Maui.
During earlier proceedings, the commission received applications from existing users to continue withdrawing water pending a final commission decision on allocating the water resource. Most of the applications have been challenged because there likely will be less water allocated by the commission than the total of present withdrawals, even before applications for new uses are considered.
Starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Paia Community Center, the commission will hear testimony from users to justify the reasonable and beneficial uses they intend for water.
The commission staff will present a new map, which graphically represents the users’ locations and the ditches and gates where they seek to draw off the water. Commission staff member Roy Hardy said the map should help sort out exactly which applications are in conflict.
Two commissioners, Neal Fujiwara and Sumner Erdman, will conduct the hearings.
Gov. Linda Lingle has nominated a new deputy director of water resources within the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Jonathan Scheuer’s selection was announced Tuesday by Lingle’s office.
The nomination will be submitted to the Commission on Water Resource Management for consideration at its Sept. 23 meeting.
Scheuer has worked for himself as a private consultant since mid-1990. For the last six years, he also served as a policy analyst and, later, director of land management for the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
According to Lingle’s office, Scheuer led water rights advocacy efforts on Maui and Kauai, and sits on the boards of the Hawaii Land Conservancy and Oahu Land Trust.