Amata Welcomes Over $1 Million in Federal Resources for American Samoa’s Coasts
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed over $1 million in federal funds through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for American Samoa’s coastal management.
“This grant will provide funding for the Territory’s coastal management efforts,” said Aumua Amata. “In this program, NOAA and American Samoa are partners in the shared goals of keeping our coastlines healthy, beautiful and useful.”
Specifically, under the Coastal Zone Management Act passed by Congress, NOAA is directing resources to the American Samoa Department of Commerce for the Territory's coastal management program. The National Coastal Zone Management Program is a voluntary federal- partnership working together to protect, restore, and responsibly develop coastal communities and resources. These efforts balance economic development, coastal uses, and natural resource priorities. The NOAA grant totals $1,024,000.
These federal funds support jobs and provide assistance to American Samoa’s efforts to reduce coastal hazards, preserve habitat protection, improve water quality, and coastal community development. Uses include long-term wetlands monitoring with local communities, incorporating coastal hazard considerations into the established land-use permitting process so that it includes sea level, wave inundation, and storm surge threats. The grant also supports ongoing coastal permitting, planning, public outreach, and assistance to villages.
“Thank you to Sandra Fuimaono-Lutu for her work on this process, and thank you to Director Keniseli F. Lafaele, Uili Leauanae and all involved in these coastal projects,” stated the Congresswoman. “I also appreciate once again NOAA personnel involved in these programs, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Timothy Gallaudet.”