Public Notices and Updates

Public Notice NPDES Permits, Section 401 WQCs, and Supporting Documents

Pursuant to HAR 11-55-09 and HAR 11-54-9.1.03, the Department of Health notifies all interested persons of a proposed NPDES permit or Section 401 WQC.

All current public notice NPDES permits, Section 401 WQCs, and supporting documents are available at: NPDES permits and/or Section WQC public notices.

U.S. EPA is soliciting public comments on the addition of Kamilo Beach and Tern Island waterbodies as impaired by trash to Hawai‘i’s 2018 List of Impaired Waters under Clean Water Act, Section 303(d).

EPA’s public notice is here.  The public comment period closes on August 19, 2020
Under §303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act, the Department of Health (DOH), State of Hawaii, requests public comment on the draft report  titled “2020 State of Hawaii Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report: Integrated Report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Congress Pursuant to §303(d) and §305(b), Clean Water Act (P.L. 97-117)”. The draft report is available for public review here.
The draft report is also available Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Clean Water Branch (CWB), Department of Health, 2827 Waimano Home Road #225, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782. For a copy of the draft report, contact the CWB at 586-4309, send an email to [email protected], or mail a request to the CWB address above. The District Health Offices (DHOs) on Hawai’i, Kaua’i, and Maui will also provide copies of the document for review:
Hawai’i DHO: 1582 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, HI 96750, (808)933-0402
Kealakekua Health Office: 79-1020 Haukapila St., Rm. 110, Kealakekua, HI 96750 (808)322-1967
Kaua’i DHO*: 3040 Umi St., Lihue, HI 96766, (808)241-3322
*Due to COVID-19, the Kaua’i DHO is currently closed to the public. If you require a paper copy of the report, please call the DHO at the provided number upon arrival for assistance.
Maui DHO: 54 South High St., Rm. 301, Wailuku, HI, (808)984-8234
Written public comments may be submitted to the DOH, CWB by email at: [email protected] or by mail to: Program Manager, Clean Water Branch, Department of Health, 2827 Waimano Home Road #225, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
All Public comments must be received no later than 4:30 P.M. on Monday, July 13, 2020.
Bruce S. Anderson Ph.D
Director of Health
TMT Response to June 25, 2019 Public Hearing CommentsThe Department of Health’s response to the June 25, 2019 public hearing comments on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit renewal for the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory is available at: Response to Public Hearing Comments – TMT International Observatory – HIS000431.
TMT Request for Contested Case Hearing

Any interested party who submitted comments during the public notice period or submitted testimony during the public hearing may request a contested case hearing. Requests may be mailed to the Director of Health, 1250 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. The requirements for requesting a contested case are found in Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 11-1. A copy of these rules is available at Requests must include the requester’s first and last name, mailing address, email, and phone number. The Director of Health will accept requests for a contested case hearing no later than August 9, 2019, by the close of business at 4:30 p.m.

NPDES Permit No. HI S000431 Public Notices and Documents for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory Project

Renewal Permit Documents
Public Hearing Notice – TMT International Observatory – HI S000431
Public Notice, Draft Renewal Permit and Rationale – TMT International Observatory – HI S000431
Renewal Application – TMT International Observatory – HI S000431
Response to Public Hearing Comments – TMT International Observatory – HIS000431

Original Permit Documents
NPDES Permit – TMT International Observatory – HI S000431
Original 2014 Application – TMT International Observatory – HI S000431

June 25, 2019 Public Hearing
Video of Public Hearing for TMT International Observatory NPDES Permit Renewal HI S000431

Water Pollution Control (WPC) Viewer for Public Access to Government Documents

The WPC Viewer offers quick and easy access to NPDES permits/WQC/documents, inspections, and enforcement actions.  All non-confidential NPDES and Section 401 WQC documents, applications, correspondence, fact sheets, rationales, final permits/certifications, completed inspections, and enforcement actions can be viewed and downloaded through the WPC Viewer website.  You can search for records by typing the permit number, facility name, or facility location in the search field; clicking on the link to the record; and pressing the Permit Information button.  Alternatively, you can zoom into the map and locate the facility you are interested in.  Note: Once you’ve found your desired facility/project, an easy way to locate documents in the WPC Viewer is to press “CTRL+F” and type a keyword.  For example, if you are looking for an issued NPDES permit, press “CTRL+F” and type “fnl”.  If you are looking for the fact sheets or rationales, press “CTRL+F” and type “fact sheet” or “rationale”.


For agencies or project owners requiring comments for one or more of the following documents (Pre-consultation, Early Consultation, Preparation Notice, Draft, Final, Addendums, and/or Supplements):

  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
  • Environmental Assessments (EA)
  • Stream Channel Alteration Permits (SCAP)
  • Stream Diversion Works Permits (SDWP)
  • Well Construction/Pump Installation Permits
  • Conservation District Use Applications (CDUA)
  • Special Management Area Permits (SMAP)
  • Shoreline Setback Areas (SSA)

Please download the CWB Standard Comments Memo for our standard comments regarding your project’s responsibilities to maintain water quality and any necessary permitting. The CWB will not provide direct responses to these requests. Agencies and/or project coordinators may download and use this memo as the CWB’s official comments.


Updated BMP procedures regarding General Permits
Authorizing the discharge of storm water associated with construction activities.


Hawaii Department of Health and U.S. EPA Advise Public to Take Precautions at Keehi Lagoon

Warning Signs Posted 8/4/2016

 HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is providing public notification of the potential health risk associated with recreating in and on Keehi Lagoon, Oahu by posting caution signs on August 4, 2016.

The signs posted at both areas notify the public to use caution before recreating on or in the water, due to high bacteria levels. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems or open wounds are the most likely populations to develop illnesses or infections after coming into contact with polluted water, usually while swimming. DOH is not closing the area for recreational use, but advising people to take precautionary measures.

DOH and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are concerned about elevated counts of bacteria in Keehi Lagoon in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Darby. Bacteria levels found exceed water quality standards and may pose a potential health risk to recreational users of these waters.

A specific type of bacteria (Enterococcus sp.) is used as the indicator of the potential presence of pathogens which are harmful to humans. The posting of caution signs is based on the test results for this indicator bacteria.

DOH and EPA will continue to work together to improve the monitoring of Hawaii’s recreational waters, including specific standard protocols for public notification and posting of recreational waters with caution signs when bacteria levels exceed standards established to protect public health.

Keehi Lagoon sign locations

Ke'ehi sign map