The Government of Guam was awarded more than $2.7 million in Inflation Reduction Act or IRA funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs on May 11, according to the Office of the Governor of Guam.
According to its press release, the award will fund the Southern Guam Flood Mitigation Project, with additional funding to support National Environmental Policy Act review and compliance.
It will also financially support the Hågatña Restoration & Redevelopment Authority for the Hågatña River Channelization and Watershed Feasibility Study.
In a press release, Democrat Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said, “These funds will build on the climate change mitigation measures initiated by our administration and, in the long-term, lead to the innovation of more resilient climate-ready infrastructure on our island. We are keeping Guam’s sustainable green growth top of mind.”
Additionally, Adelup said that the OIA is providing nearly $650 thousand in IRA funding to the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct a rigorous evaluation of where potential coral reef restoration could decrease the hazards of erosion and flooding faced by coastal communities in Guam, Saipan, and Tinian in the Mariana Islands; and Tutuila, Tau, and Ofu-Olosega in American Samoa.