- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii Department of Health has extended its restoration project for the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission

The Maui News reports (https://bit.ly/1CXG6aa ) that the Health Department’s Clean Water Branch’s Polluted Runoff Control Program is giving the commission $90,000 to extend the Hakioawa Watershed restoration program for one year.

The funding comes as the commission struggles with money. It recently finished a month-long crowdfunding campaign to make up some of the difference between the $3 million requested from state legislature for the current fiscal year and the $1 million received. The crowdfunding campaign raised $38,000.

Last month commissioners passed a budget for the current fiscal year that included cutting positions to trim costs. KIRC Executive Director Mike NahoopiI says the funding from the Department of Health may save some positions.

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Information from: The Maui News, https://www.mauinews.com

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