Public Notice: EPA’s Action to Add One Watershed to American Samoa’s 2020 List of Impaired Waters due to Fecal Indicator Bacteria under Clean Water Act, Section 303(d)
EPA is soliciting public comments on its action to add one watershed as impaired by enterococcus (fecal indicator bacteria) to American Samoa’s 2020 List of Impaired Waters under Clean Water Act, Section 303(d).
The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires each state and territory to identify those waters within its boundaries that do not meet applicable state or territory water quality standards. This list is referred to as the Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters and is approved or disapproved by EPA.
On October 29, 2021, EPA issued its decision to partially approve and partially disapprove American Samoa’s 2020 List of Impaired Waters. EPA found American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA)’s decision not to list one watershed was inconsistent with the provisions of American Samoa’s water quality standards for fecal indicator bacteria. These criteria are designed to protect the public from exposure to harmful levels of pathogens while participating in water-contact activities. EPA has identified Aunu’u Harbor as impaired by fecal indicator bacteria and as requiring a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) under CWA, Section 303(d).
EPA is soliciting public comments on the addition of this watershed as impaired by fecal indicator bacteria. After considering public comments and making any revisions EPA deems appropriate, EPA will transmit the listing to ASEPA.