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Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division (EMAS)

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Draft Recreational Beach Monitoring Plan

GEPA previously requested public comments on the draft Recreational Beach Monitoring Plan for Guam Coastal Waters. The comments received have been summarized in the "Public Comments and GEPA Responses" document below. You can download and view the full plan and appendices by clicking on the links below (all links will open in the same new window). Call 475-1653/58 for more information.



About the Division

Guam EPA Laboratory
The Guam EPA laboratory has recently purchased new analytical equipment.
Guam EPA Laboratory
Guam EPA Biologist Annie Leon Guerrero analyzes samples in the Agency's laboratory.
The Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division is comprised of three sections: the Analytical Services Program, the Monitoring Program, and the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Program.

The Analytical Services Program provides support to the other Divisions within the Agency by providing microbiological, physical and chemical analyses of surface waters, groundwater, marine and recreational waters. The program is also responsible for certifying laboratories on the island. It also conducts analyses on Guam Waterworks Authority production wells, military and private wells for contaminants to monitor the quality of the potable water supply of the island.

The Monitoring Program is responsible for implementing the Guam Water Quality Monitoring Strategy. Its goal is to protect and monitor the quality of Guam’s waters. Recreational marine waters are analyzed for microbiological quality on a weekly basis and public advisories are issued on beaches that are polluted and unsafe for swimming. The program also monitors rivers and streams as well as estuaries and marine waters on a regular basis to determine their microbiol ogical, physical and chemical quality.

The Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Program is the enforcement arm of the Division. It conducts site inspections in order to ensure compliance with pertinent environmental laws and regulations on water quality. These inspections include monitoring Department of Defense underwater detonations, core test borings on reef flats, dredging activities, and coastal development activities. The program also responds to and monitors oil spills in the marine environment. Importation of sand and aggregate is regulated by this program to ensure that shipments of sand and aggregate are free from microbial contamination.

The Division Chief is Alex Soto. The Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division is located at 15-6101 Mariner Avenue in Tiyan.


Division Staff and Contact Information

Alex Soto
Division Chief
475-1650
Division Management


Jesse Cruz
Biologist IV
475-1656
Monitoring Program


Annie Leon Guerrero
Biologist III
475-1656
Monitoring Program


Veronica Cummings-Gutierrez
Biologist I
475-1653
Monitoring Program


Nenette Poblete
Chemist II
475-1653
Analytical Program


Luong Truong
Chemist I
475-1653 Analytical Program


Edelisa S. Yanit
Chemist I
475-1653
Analytical Program


Danzel Narcis
Env. Technician II
475-1656 Monitoring Program



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Last update: 7 January 2004

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