DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Maui Dam Inspection Reports Available
HONOLULU -- The Maui Dam Inspection Reports, a cooperative effort between the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have been posted on the DLNR website at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/ and can be accessed via the Dam Safety Program hyperlink.
This broad-based survey was intended to provide a sufficient basis for the State to contact the dam owners for follow-up investigations and potential remedial action to assure safe conditions.
The dams were inspected between April 3, 2006 through April 8, 2006.
The findings and recommendations are limited to a visual condition assessment of the dam and related features that were visible at the time of the inspection.
53 dams were inspected on the island of Maui – from the list of regulated dams in the State’s Dam Safety Program as of March 2006.
The dam safety inspections involved the visual-only examination or condition survey of the regulated dam structures, including abutments, spillways, outlet facilities, and reservoir to determine if there exist imminent hazards that could result in the loss of property and life downstream of the facilities.
Findings for each facility are contained in the individual visual conditions survey that is appended to this report.
These visual assessments yielded condition ratings that ranged from “poor” (may not fulfill intended function; maintenance or repairs are necessary) to “satisfactory” (expected to fulfill intended function) condition, with most of the facilities falling in the “fair” (expected to fulfill intended function, but maintenance is recommended) to “poor” category.
Recommendations for each facility are contained in the individual visual conditions surveys. They can range from removing vegetation to facilitate further inspections -- to requiring the owners to take immediate actions to restore the integrity of the facilities.
DLNR has provided copies of the individual dam inspection sheets to each dam owner for their information and further action according to a remediation timetable we have provided to them (see website).
Of the 53 dams inspected on the island of Maui, none are deemed to present an immediate threat to downstream areas.
Individual dam inspection sheets specify findings and recommended corrective actions
Determination of the extent of repairs needed will depend on the outcome of further follow up investigations by owners and their consultants.
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For more information, media contact:
Major General Robert G.F. Lee
Department of Defense
Phone: (808) 733-4246
DLNR Public Information Office
Phone: (808) 587-0320