TAMUNING, Guam — The Guam Economic Development Authority board of directors officially decided to remove the gravity bay outlet, or “culvert,” as an option to mitigate flooding in Tumon. The board of directors unanimously passed the motion at a meeting held on Dec. 17.  The board also passed a motion to begin the second phase of flood mitigation efforts, which includes increasing the size of the Fujita ponding basin and installing additional and strengthening existing aqueducts.

Phase one involved a study of the flood mitigation system and the development of options and was completed by Stanley Consultants. Phase three is the final phase of flood mitigation efforts. GEDA will evaluate additional options provided by Stanley Consultants and request additional funding from the legislature. The gravity bay outlet option had received criticism and a protest from the community.