by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Government of Guam averted jeopardizing millions in future federal funding after announcing that it paid off the remainder of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The effort began as a result of the erosion and flooding damages from Typhoon Tingting. A $115,000 check was presented to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service to pay off this prior year obligation.
NRCS State Conservationist Engineer Jeffrey Wheaton says the payment affords them to complete landslide stabilization efforts. "Now it's been paid and our final design has been complete then we'll move forward with completing that, there is always complications its never easy to put something on the ground, but we have," he said.
The payment will fix a six-year-old flooding problem at the Barcinas' residence in Merizo.