Friday, February 28, 2020

American Samoa receives $2.7 million EPA grant for environmental programs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded a $2.7 million grant to the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) for environmental programs such as inspections, drinking water and beach safety monitoring, cleanup activities, protective measures and emergency response.
“EPA’s funding enables American Samoa to pursue its goals of clean air, water and land,” EPA Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest Alexis Strauss said. “We appreciate American Samoa EPA’s work that benefits the island residents and their natural resources.”
The ASEPA’s project priorities include assessing the health of watersheds, streams and coral reefs, as well as developing a training toolkit that will allow for better monitoring of America Samoa’s ecosystems. The agency is also prioritising protection of the Faga’alu Watershed and coastal waters, coral reefs and indigenous biota. The ASEPA will work to extend potable drinking water to all residents and remove the boil water notices on Tutuila. It will also launch education campaigns, both for farmers, focusing on pesticide application, and for the general public, focused on anti-litter messages and the Keep America Samoa Beautiful Campaign.

Finally, the agency is prioritising cleanup of contaminated sites and inspection of underground and above-ground fuel storage tanks.

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