Habitat Conservation Plan
For years, the co-op has worked collaboratively with U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) and the Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources – Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) to address complex issues concerning the potential impact of utility structures and lights on Kauai’s protected and endangered seabirds and has implemented numerous measures to reduce the potential impacts of its facilities on seabirds (such as shielding thousands of streetlights, shielding facility lighting, altering powerlines, etc.) and to assist seabird survival and recovery (such as funding, expanding and improving the Save Our Shearwaters program, and funding habitat improvement projects).
In early May of 2011, after more than 10 years of effort, KIUC was granted federal approval of a utility-funded plan to protect seabirds, and a permit protecting it from fines and prosecution for birds that are injured in collisions with utility structures. KIUC continues to take its responsibility for seabirds very seriously. Having spent more than $4 million in minimization and mitigation projects, working with consultants, attorneys, community groups, wildlife agencies, and government regulators on bird issues, and committing to an additional $11 million over the five-year term of this Short-Term HCP, KIUC continues its role as a leader in research, protection and conservation of our islands’ natural resources.