by Krystal Paco
Guam - Southern village mayors are teaming with the Southern Guam Soil and Water Conservation District to implement cost effective methods to control erosion.
Pilot efforts are starting with the planting of vetiver grass and lemongrass. Both have extensive root systems effective at controlling erosion in steep, highly erodible areas in addition to lemongrass' culinary uses and ability to be harvested and sold locally to augment personal income.
Nurseries for the two will be created and maintained to provide consistent supply within the southern villages.
Events to promote erosion control are already underway. The next is slated for February 26 along the hillside of the Umatac cemetery. Volunteers are welcome.