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Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is highlighting the National Park of American Samoa as part of National Park Week (April 17-25), an initiative of the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Park Foundation. The NPS is part of the Department of the Interior, and within the jurisdiction of the Natural Resources Committee in Congress.
The United States is home to 63 National Parks and 423 sites in the National Park system, including monuments, memorials, battlefields, historic sites, and scenic trails.
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata hailed the NOAA announcement of a record coral reef in American Samoa’s waters, and sends her thanks and congratulations to the entire federal scientific team that did the impressive work. She announced she is an original cosponsor, as one of five Members of Congress in introducing a bipartisan bill earlier this month, H.R. 160, to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 and to establish the United States Coral Reef Task Force.
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a 2020 National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) grant that is directed to shoreline erosion improvement at Lions Park, Tutuila. The grant is for project final design and permitting in the effort to create a living shoreline along Lions Park to enhance the critical estuarine habitat in the adjacent Pala Lagoon.
Pago Pago – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed notification of federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of $436,368 for the American Samoa EPA.
“Congratulations especially to Director Fa'amao Asalele upon this grant notification, part of a five year plan,” said Aumua Amata. “Federal funds like these are essential to our local services. In this case, funding is for efforts to protect drinking water and other environmental services. Thank you to everyone at ASEPA.”
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed notification of $121,883 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9, for the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA).
This EPA project is under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2010, followed by current appropriations passed by this Congress for fiscal year 2020.
Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is highlighting the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), which supports the National Park of American Samoa, and the important Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
The bipartisan GAOA, which President Trump signed into law this week, is described as the most substantial conservation legislation in a generation, and hailed as “a conservationist’s dream” by the National Parks Conservation Association.
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata hailed House passage of bipartisan legislation managing the nation’s water infrastructure, which includes expedited feasibility studies for much-needed stabilizing efforts in Aunu‘u Harbor and Tutuila. The bill is the two-year Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that emphasizes congressional commitment to the nation’s water infrastructure, authorizes project studies and construction, and guides federal agencies.
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for $1,976,100 for the American Samoa EPA.
“Thank you to Fa'amao Asalele, and congratulations to ASEPA upon this grant notification,” said Aumua Amata. “These federal funds are helpful for local efforts to protect drinking water and other health priorities. Thank you to everyone working on these efforts at ASEPA.”
Laumua i Uosigitone – Aso Gafua, Ua talisapai e le Tamaitaikonekeresi ia Aumua Amata se seleni mai le Matagaluega e Puipuia le Siosiomaga e $1,976,100 le aofai mo le Matagaluega e Puipuia le Siosiomaga a Amerika Samoa (faapuupuuina i le faaperetania o le ASEPA).
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed more than $1 million in federal funds for coral reef conservation in American Samoa over the next two years.