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Description: A worker from ASPA’s line crew takes a break during a cleanup of the Fagaloa area last Friday. (See story for full details). [photo: Blue Chen-Fruean] Last Friday, line crew workers from the

A worker from ASPA’s line crew takes a break during a cleanup of the Fagaloa area last Friday. (See story for full details). [photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]

Last Friday, line crew workers from the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) spent the better part of their day cleaning up debris in the Fagaloa area, specifically the stretch between the shipyard in Satala and the new DYWA Pago Pago Village Community Sports Center.

About a dozen men were on the seawall, picking out plastic bottles, soda cans, twigs, and other items brought in by the waves and/or left there by careless litterbugs.

When contacted for comments, ASPA Executive Director Utu Abe Malae explained, “The Pago Pago Harbor is the most important physical asset of the territory; it is also stunning, especially when viewed for the first time by visitors,” Utu said.

“This last Friday, we targeted the Fagaloa or Pago Pago Harbor, including Aua,” Utu said, adding that Eastern District Governor Alo Dr. Paul Stevenson and the alii mautofi of the Falelima i Sasa'e got an early start on Wednesday, when they cleaned up the seawalls in Pago Pago.

Utu told Samoa News that the monthly cleanup is under the auspices of Governor Lolo's Island Wide Cleanup Committee (IWCC) of which about a dozen government department and office heads are members, including businesses and churches.

He explained that the cleanup crews from the five fautasi villages are also involved and “you will have seen the Aua one, as well as ASEPA cleaning up the Aua beach and streams on Friday. Sandra Lutu is the coordinator for the Five Fautasi Village cleanups.”

The clean-up projects have been ongoing for over a year and ASPA participates in several clean-up programs every month — the IWCC, the last Friday of the month clean-up of the Pala Lagoon; and the every Wednesday 5 a.m. - 6:10 a.m. clean-up of the Airport Road. The Wednesday clean-up is part of the ASPA Wellness Program that includes participants from the general public,” Utu explained.

The ASPA Executive Director added that many of the villages, usually churches and autalavou groups, regularly conduct village clean-ups each month, with support from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, the American Samoa Economic Development Agency, the Department of Commerce, ASPA, and other federal agencies that assist in many ways including provision of equipment or funding of equipment rental.

Utu said the island wide clean-up project includes participation from everyone, although ASPA is visible because of the uniforms and the number of participants.

When asked about the goal of the project, Utu responded, “The goal is to keep our naturally beautiful Territory clean all the time, not just after cleanup day or before Flag Day.”

He continued, “In order for that to happen, the bad habits of our people — when it comes to littering — have to be eliminated by education, rewards, and enforcement of the anti-litter laws.”

Utu said the Department of Public Safety is steadily clamping down on litterbugs; and the Department of Health and ASEDA are fining or making scofflaws, cleaning up accumulated junk vehicles and appliances that collect stagnant water and breed mosquitoes.

In addition to cleaning up next to the roadsides and land areas, Utu said, “We must also prevent land debris (such as plastics and styrofoam) from becoming marine debris that kills marine wildlife or is ingested by fish. Imagine eating fish with micro-bits of plastic in the flesh?” Utu asked.

A line crewmember who spoke to Samoa News last Friday said he is happy to be part of the island wide clean-up effort. He said he gets a rewarding feeling every time he participates, although it takes a lot bending and patience, being out in the sweltering heat.




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