The 2020 Pacific Islands Environment Directors’ Meeting which is generally held around this time of the year in San Francisco, California at the US EPA Region 9 headquarter has now gone virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) was able to participate in the meeting using its Video Tele-Conferencing capability from the office in Utulei. The meeting was virtually attended by staff of US EPA Region 9, Guam EPA, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and the Freely Associated States. The meeting was held over three days from August 3 – 5, 2020 with a three hour per day schedule.
The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA), in collaboration with various environmental resource management organizations, work together each year to reduce the amount of nonpoint source pollution within the Territory through the Watershed Management and Protection Program. The program includes a monitoring strategy designed to track water quality and nonpoint source (NPS) management measures simultaneously to allow the Territory to evaluate the performance of the management measures, and to assess the success of the measures in achieving water quality objectives. This report describes monitoring strategies and provides available information on improvement in water quality, implementation milestones, and reductions in NPS pollutant loadings for FY19.
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that American Samoa was selected to receive a $300,000 grant to assess and clean up contaminated properties under the agency’s Brownfields Program.
Nationwide, more than 151 communities have been selected to receive grants totaling more than $65.6 million in EPA Brownfields funding. These funds will help under-served and economically disadvantaged communities assess and clean up contaminated properties and return them to productive reuse.
AS-EPA collected samples from schools post-Tropical Cyclone (TC) Wasi. Samples were collected on February 25,2020 and the results are listed below. Schools located in the Standing Precautionary Boil Water Notice prior to TC Wasi are recommended to continue to boil water before consumption.