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JRM Ensures Continued Access for GWA to Water Wells on Reverted Land in Northern Guam

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11/20/18 06:16 PM

ASAN, Guam (Nov. 21, 2018) – Joint Region Marianas (JRM) completed coordination with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to facilitate the Guam Waterworks Authority’s (GWA) continued ownership and access to three water wells located in the Marbo area of Yigo, as the U.S. DOE reverts the Marbo property to the federal government.

Consistent with the provision in the U.S. DOE deed to the government of Guam, the Department of the Navy (DoN) will administer the Marbo site effective Nov. 20.

“Facilitating continued access to the GWA water wells on Marbo property is a result of One Guam partnering with our government utility agency,” said Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Dan Turner. “Under the One-Guam pillar, the Navy remains committed to working closely with federal and local agencies toward projects that enhance Guam’s infrastructure. Through our excellent partnership with GWA, we are dedicated to supporting the growing demands of potable water on our island.”

The Navy remains committed to the four pillars in the Marine Corps realignment - One Guam, Green Guam, Net Negative and 24/7 access to Pagat Village and Pagat Caves, which were outlined in a letter to Governor of Guam Eddie Calvo from Under Secretary of the Navy Robert Work in February 2011.

JRM reported to Congress, in the summer of 2017, that the Navy is on pace for Net Negative by 654 acres as compared to the DoN’s January 2011 footprint.

On Oct. 23, 1992, pursuant to Base Realignment and Closure Act decisions, the U.S. DOE conveyed the property to Gov Guam as a “no-cost” Public Benefit Conveyance with the specific requirement that the property be used for educational purposes. However, since that date, the property was not used for educational purposes.

In the intervening years, GWA water wells were built on the property, and the Navy has made sure that GWA will maintain ownership and full rights through easements as a means to service the water wells that are vital to the delivery of water to northern Guam residents.

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