Surface WaterThe Water Quality Branch protects against the contamination of streams, wetlands, beaches and coastal waters by monitoring and regulating surface runoff.
- Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification
- American Samoa Erosion & Sediment Control Field Guide
- PUBLIC NOTICE: Request for Comments on the American Samoa 2010 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report
- PUBLIC NOTICE: Annual Request for Comments on the AS-EPA Nearshore Marine Water Quality Monitoring Plan.
Beach Monitoring Web Portal:
As part of AS-EPA's Beach Monitoring Program, a total of 50 recreational beaches are sampled and tested for bacteria on a regular basis. Tutuila beaches are sampled weekly, whereas Aunu'u and Manu'a beaches are sampled monthly. The following map provides the most updated status of local beaches based on sampling results. A safe beach indicates low enterococci bacteria levels that are within AS-EPA Water Quality Standards. An unsafe beach indicates enterococci bacteria levels that exceed AS-EPA Water Quality Standards. It is advised that the public should not swim, wade, or fish within 400 feet of these polluted beaches. For more information, please contact AS-EPA at 633-2304.
Attached is a link to a map that will show you which beaches are SAFE/UNSAFE for American Samoa. http://portal.epa.as.gov/beaches/
Guidance Manual for Runoff Control:
- American Samoa Watershed Protection Plan
- Completed Environmental Studies
Christianera Tuitele, Water Program Manager
Jewel Potoae, Chief Water Quality Branch