Senator Rory Respicio led a group of government officials on a tour of the Talofofo river to see first hand the effects of erosion there.
Guam – Senator Rory Respicio, chair of the Guam legislature’s natural resources committee, toured the Talofofo and Ugum rivers yesterday to take a first hand look at the growing erosion problem.
The visit was hosted by the Southern Soil and Water Conservation district board and by Kloppenburg Enterprises which conducts tourist boat cruises along the river. The erosion of the Talofofo river is impacting the environment, water quality, farm lands and nearby historic latte sites. Senator Respicio will be looking at improving reforestation and the enforcement of fire regulations. “It’s bad in one area as Dave Tydingco pointed out they already lost a quarter of their property. So for example the one area where they are planting pineapples and planting papaya trees and they are also doing some farming they planted for example three rows of papaya trees and the first row is already washed out into the river because of the erosion,” said Senator Respicio.
The Senator says that he will look at utilizing individuals on community service grant funding to hire people to plant more trees to prevent the ongoing erosion of these properties.