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Department of the Interior Provides Grant to Protect Agat and Santa Rita



December 3, 2009
For more information please contact:
Tanya Harris Joshua (202) 208-6008
Tanya_Joshua@ios.doi.gov

Washington, D.C. – The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Insular Assistant Secretary Tony Babauta signed a Water and Wastewater Program Grant in the amount of $250,000 to flood-proof the Chaligan Sewage Pump Station which is crucial in the treatment of wastewater from the villages of Agat and Santa Rita.  The work required on the Chaligan Sewage Pump Station would help to lift FEMA’s probationary status designation on the Government of Guam for violations of the National Flood Insurance Program.  Such designation bars Guam from FEMA pre-disaster assistance.  

“I am pleased to support Governor Camacho’s request is taking action to protect the villages of Agat and Santa Rita by prioritizing the improvements needed to flood-proof the Chaligan Pump Station,” said Mr. Babauta.  “In protecting those southern villages, the improvements made to Chaligan respond to concerns raised by FEMA which could ultimately remove FEMA’s probationary status ensuring that Guam remains qualified for pre-disaster federal funding.”