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Brown Water Advisory issued for Puna coastline

August 15, 2014 - 6:43pm

A Brown Water Advisory remains in effect for the Big Island’s windward coast, according to the state Department of Health.

The advisory spans an area stretching from Cape Kumukahi lighthouse to Kalapana. It was issued because of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Iselle. Although the flood and storm water runoff may not be brown, the public is advised to stay out of inland and coastal waters in the affected areas due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris.

Turbid water runoff have also been known to attract sharks due to possible dead animals being washed into the ocean, according to the department.