MVA directors met with County engineers last month for an update on culvert improvements. COM plans for the reconstructed berm will make it stronger this time, similar to the ocean outfall with vegetation in front of the berm and spill basin closer to the street. Design will be finalized by September, and then it will go out to bid. Construction is expected to begin early next year (Spring), The goal is to start as soon as possible and complete the $1 million project this fiscal year. MVA has asked the County to schedule a community presentation when the Contractor is selected.  County Councilwoman Kelly King credited MVA with bringing the issue of the Hauoli Street retention pond in Ma`alaea to her attention which resulted in the $1 million item being approved for the FY 2019 budget.MA`ALAEA MAUKA
A 21-lot agricultural development has been proposed for the Spencer 257-acre property on the other side of the Honoapiilani Highway known as Ma’alaea Mauka. The Project District, once planned for 1,100+ homes, is outside of the Maui Island Plan Urban Growth Boundary and cannot be developed for other than ag. use. A public hearing will be held Tuesday, September 11 @ 9 a.m. before the Maui Planning Commission to amend the zoning to residential ag.MA`ALAEA TOWN MEETING – WASTEWATER TREATMENT
Several Ma`alaea condominiums are under enforcement action from the state Department of Health to rebuild their wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). Cost estimates are up to one million dollars each.
Maui County recently lost its lawsuit on appeal against the federal EPA under the Clean Water Act. The injection wells in Ka`anapali were proven to be causing ocean pollution. In the decision the Court found that pumping sewer effluent into the water table has the same end result as pumping effluent directly into the ocean. Injection wells all over the islands are coming under increasing scrutiny.
Every condominium and business in Ma`alaea uses injection wells to dispose of treated wastewater.  If it is demonstrated that Ma`alaea injection wells are causing ocean pollution, all properties would likely be forced to seek disposal alternatives, even if recent investments were made to upgrade  treatment plants.  It may be more economical to consider a community (regional) solution.
Based on the responses to a recent survey of Ma`alaea AOAO properties, MVA will facilitate a Ma`alaea Town Meeting on Friday, October 5th 5:00 PM, PWF Classroom, at the Harbor Shops to hear speakers on the changing regulatory climate; impacts of our wastewater treatment systems on Ma`alaea Bay; and the feasibility of  a regional wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). MVA is acting as a resource and information conduit and has no position on the issue. We encourage all property owners and AOAO officers to attend.