May 24, 2013, Guam, posted by Roxanna Miller
Back in November 2012 the Micronesia Challenge posted a short article
about the Humåtak Project. This project is a community effort working to
revive Guam’s watersheds, coral reefs, and fisheries using watershed
restoration activities. The project began in 2002 after local fisherman
noticed a decline in fish catch, which they attributed to excessive
sedimentation on the reef. The goals of the project are to: 1) build
awareness of environmental issues through educational and community
outreach, 2) treat sources of sedimentation by implementing erosion
control practices, and 3) improve the science of mitigating for impacts
to coral reefs and other aquatic resources by monitoring changes in
sedimentation rates and coral reef health.
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