NOAA Opposed to GEDA’s Tumon Flood & Stormwater Plan

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NOAA has concluded that adverse affects to the Essential Fish Habitat or EFH of Tumon bay will occur as a result of this project. 

Guam – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service is concerned about the Guam Economic Development Authority’s plans for storm water control in Tumon.

 

 In fact according to a letter from NOAA to GEDA the federal agency has concluded that adverse affects to the Essential Fish Habitat or EFH of Tumon bay will occur as a result of this project. GEDA gave Guam lawmakers an update on their plans to address flooding down in Tumon on Friday GEDA has plans to funnel all flood waters into one big ponding basin and then let the water run out into the Tumon bay. this plan has drawn a lot of criticism from environmentalists and conservationists. a local fisherman even spoke out in opposition to the plan. the concerns are that the flood waters will both pollute the bay and cause significant damage to the ecosystem and marine life. a significant influx of freshwater that would normally be filtering slowly through rocks and soil can wreak havoc on a saltwater ecosystem. NOAA is strongly encouraging geda to consider other options to address flooding in Tumon A representative of NOAA spoke during Friday’s hearing saying “None of the federal agencies I would say support this project we all have considerable concerns about it. About discharging that amount of storm water into one point in Tumon bay. There are health concerns there are environmental concerns there are economic concerns about potential impacts that discharge can have and the long term impacts on the bay.”

 Local fisherman Jesse Rosario also spoke during the hearing. “It’s gonna be very detrimental to the habitat the ecosystem and we are not gonna have anything left for our kids for the future of our grand kids,” said Rosario adding, “As part of my family as a peskadot we are totally against this project.”

 

 Meanwhile GEDA is moving forward with their plans and they are hoping to complete the designs for this new ponding system by November.