The Water Quality Branch protects against the contamination of streams, wetlands, beaches and coastal waters by monitoring and regulating surface runoff.
- Water Quality Standards 2013 Revision Administrative Rule NO. 001-2013
- Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification
- American Samoa Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report 2010
- American Samoa Erosion & Sediment Control Field Guide
- PUBLIC NOTICE: Request for Comments on the American Samoa 2010 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report
- PUBLIC NOTICE: Annual Request for Comments on the AS-EPA Nearshore Marine Water Quality Monitoring Plan.
Beach Monitoring Web Portal:
As part of AS-EPA's Beach Monitoring Program, a total of 50 recreational beaches are sampled and tested for bacteria on a regular basis. Tutuila beaches are sampled weekly, whereas Aunu'u and Manu'a beaches are sampled monthly. The map below provides the most updated status of local beaches based on sampling results. A safe beach indicates low enterococci bacteria levels that are within AS-EPA Water Quality Standards. An unsafe beach indicates enterococci bacteria levels that exceed AS-EPA Water Quality Standards. It is advised that the public should not swim, wade, or fish within 400 feet of these polluted beaches. For more information, please contact AS-EPA at 633-2304.
- Link to USEPA On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual
- Guidance Manual for Runoff Control:
- American Samoa Watershed Protection Plan
- Completed Environmental Studies
- USS Chehehalis Submerged Vessel in Pago Pago Harbor
- Arsenic Speciation in Marine Fish and Shellfish from American Samoa
- Pago Pago Harbor Sediment Toxicity Study
- Link to USEPA - Climate Change and Interacting Stressors: Implications for Coral Reef Management in American Samoa
Victoria Fano, Water Quality Branch