Matuu Stream Flood Management Project, American Samoa (June 2006)
The American Samoa Department of Public Works (ASDPW) applied for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds in response to Cyclone Heta, which occurred in January 2004. ASDPW identified the need to reduce the flood hazard caused by the encroachment of Afuelo Stream towards structures in the village of Matuu and the degradation around the culverts that carry the stream through the village. Reducing these flood hazards would help protect villagers and their property from flooding. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and its implementing regulations, FEMA prepared an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the impacts of the proposed HMGP project.