Sand resources need to be protected | Maui News

Sand resources need to be protected

May 5, 2017

Recently there’s been a public outcry against sand mining on Maui, particularly sand mining that involves companies transporting sand off-island for projects on Oahu, such as rail.

However, this isn’t a new issue, it’s just gotten new attention.

We tried addressing the sand mining during my first term as mayor. Back in the early 2000s we commissioned a study to look at our sand supply and how fast it was dwindling, which resulted in SSFM International Inc.’s “Maui Inland Sand Resource Quantification Study,” which became available to the county in 2006.