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Amata welcomes $900,000 grant for American Samoa’s coastal preservation

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Source: Media release, office of Congresswoman Aumua Amata

Washington, D.C. — Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to announce a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant of over $900,000 for the American Samoa Government.

“I welcome this financial support for American Samoa’s coastal management efforts,” Aumua Amata said. “Healthy coasts and waters are essential to American Samoa’s future.”

Specifically, this $940,000 grant through the National Coastal Zone Management Program is designated for the American Samoa Department of Commerce. The funds are for the Territory's federally approved coastal management program. The Coastal Zone Management Program is a voluntary federal-territory partnership to protect, restore, and responsibly develop coastal communities and resources through a balance of economic development, coastal uses and natural resource protection. The NOAA funds can be used for removal of hazards, water quality, habitat protection, community development and safety in land use planning.

“I appreciate this funding from NOAA, and their recognition of American Samoa’s coastal preservation needs,” the Congresswoman continued. “Congratulations also to Director Keniseli F. Lafaele and the Department of Commerce, and I know they’ll be making good use of these funds.”