A new Wood Chipper (pictured) to support dry litter piggeries throughout Tutuila, is part of a strategy to protect the local coral reefs and waters, coordinated by the Coral Reef Advisory Group, in partnership with the American Samoa Soil and Water Conservation District. [courtesy photo]

The arrival of a new Wood Chipper, to support dry litter piggeries throughout Tutuila was recently announced as a part of a strategy recognizing local piggeries and their associated waste as a major source of  land-based pollution on coral reefs in American Samoa.

The strategy known as the Land-Based Sources of Pollution Local Action Strategy belongs to The Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG), in partnership with the American Samoa Soil and Water Conservation District (AS-SWCD).

According to a recent press release on the Wood Chipper and piggery waste, through prioritization by CRAG and its Federal partners, this project is being funded to mitigate Land Based Sources of Pollution that are negatively impacting local coral reefs.

It notes that the introduction of the dry litter piggeries has not only reduced the point source pollution issues associated with waste from piggeries, it has also established a market for the by-product of the dry litter piggeries in the form of organic compost.

The AS-SWCD will operate the Wood Chipper, which will supply wood-chips for dry litter piggeries, and would like the public to know that if they already have a dry litter piggery and need wood chips, or would like more information on how to convert your old piggery into a dry litter system, to contact the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at 633-1031.

“This new chipper will allow AS-SWCD and NRCS to more adequately address the needs of our dry litter pig producers on Tutuila,” said AS-SWCD Board Chair Lauti Simona. “It will allow for a stable source of wood chips that will allow our farmers to continue their environmentally friendly practices in an economically feasible manner”.

The AS-SWCD is a natural resource agency and operates under the Office of the Governor. Its primary mission is to identify resource concerns facing the territory and work with its partners to develop comprehensive solutions to those problems.

CRAG coordinates American Samoa’s coral reef management efforts and activities. The group is a collaboration of five local agencies: the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, the Department of Commerce, the American Samoa Environmental Agency, the American Samoa Community College and the National Park of American Samoa. Member agencies work together towards mutual consensus to manage coral reefs with the vision to protect and conserve reefs for the benefit of the people of American Samoa, the United States and the world.


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