(Students packing da’ok seed balls in the shape of sling stones to reforest eroding mountains in the Humatak Watershed)
This summer, several University of Guam classes tossed seed slingstones into the hillsides above Fouha Bay, Humatak in an effort to restore badlands and reduce soil erosion. Poor land-use practices, such as arson and uncontained off-roading, threaten our watersheds. These activities expose nutritious topsoil. With no root systems in place to keep the land from eroding, the sediment washes into streams and rivers, flowing downstream where it pollutes our waters. Sediment harms corals by directly smothering them and by blocking out sunlight in the water column. Corals need access to sunlight as single-celled plants, called zooxanthellae, living inside coral organisms provide up to 90% of a coral’s energy through photosynthesis. This is a perfect example of a “Ridge to Reef” chain reaction. What we do to our land ultimately affects our ocean waters. Please follow us to learn more about restoring these environments and for updates on our progress in these efforts to restore our home.
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