The American Samoa Environmental
Protection Agency (ASEPA) desired to designate Malaeimi Valley
as a special management area. ASEPA’s desire was based upon
well-documented evidence that Malaeimi Valley represents a
significant groundwater recharge area on the Island of Tutuila.
This recharge area provides significant groundwater resources
that are used by the American Samoa Power Authority to produce
the Island of Tutuila’s domestic groundwater supply.
PPC evaluated ASEPA’s draft
proposal to ensure that proposed standards were both reasonable
and supportable. This evaluation was based upon PPC’s land use
planning experience, the firm’s familiarity with local land use
trends, as well as various natural resource issues in the
Territory of American Samoa.
Various graphic illustrations
were also developed by PPC to support the narrative in the draft
SMA proposal. These illustrations were developed using
available spatial data that was furnished by the American Samoa