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Reducing Erosion

By: Nate Goore

MKThink’s development of an agriculture facility on the former Gaye and Robinson sugar plantation in Kaumakani Hawai’i not only provided the needed facilities for administration and farm operations, it also was designed to reduce the erosion of the hillside. Prior to the development the runoff from the plantation land into the Pacific Ocean created a dirt plume that was damaging the coral reef. The siting of the buildings, grading, and subsequent farm operations significantly reduced the amount of soil entering the ocean, allowing the water to clear and the reef to recover.


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