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HW-1 - Implemented

Action ID HW-1

Action Plant mangroves along the Western Shoreline of San Juan Bay

Schedule Long-Term

Status Implemented

Update

Update March, 2012: Javier Laureano and Dr. Jorge Bauzá along with several community leaders visited different regions of San Juan Bay’s Western bank in order to designate the most adequate location to start the process of reforestation of the area. In 2006 they identified the Bayview area, the islet of La Esperanza and Park La Esperanza as ideal areas to kick start the project. They considered the depth, substrate, wave energy and security of volunteers in order to carry out the project.

Members of our Board of Directors together with Dr. Jorge Bauzá and Javier Laureano visited Guaynabo’s waterfront area along with Hector O’Neill, mayor of Guaynabo’s municipality, and Dr. Carlos Pesquera. As part of the visit they discussed and examined different areas of the bay prone to be reforested with mangroves.

The mangrove planting project in the Western side of the San Juan Bay has been carried out continuously since 2007. However, we have encountered several problems with the residents of Bayview’s highly eroded area, some of which have dug up the planted seedlings for fear that the mangroves may obstruct their view. At present we are looking for other alternatives such as shrubs and other type of vegetation to control the erosion in the area. We are implementing the Riley technique to protect seedlings from wave energy. The project is being carried out in coordination with the organization Corredor del Yaguazo and Gworks, both of which have received external funding to continue the planting project in the area.

The San Juan Bay’s Estuary Program and the organization Corredor del Yaguazo frequently visit areas of planting to ensure the survival of the mangroves. During 2008-2009 the SJBEP hired student Gabriel Muriente to monitor these and other planting areas.

Update January 2011: The mangrove planting project in the Western side of the San Juan Bay has been carried out continuously since 2007 in coordination with the organization Corredor del Yaguazo and Gworks, both of which have received external funding to continue the planting project in the area. During 2008-2009 the SJBEP hired student Gabriel Muriente to monitor these and other planting areas.

Update January 2010:  The SJBEP and the community organization Corredor del Yaguazo have been  planting and monitoring red mangroves in the western San Juan Bay.  In October 2009 SJBEP reported on the vandalism of 104 red mangroves planted by volunteers in 2007 and already showed signs of growth in the area of Bayview. However, seedlings planted in the Parque La Esperanza at the Western axis of the bay are also growing and are in a protected area of the Cataño municipality


Date Created 03 Mar 2006

Strategies  
HW-1.1 Identify those areas with suitable conditions for mangrove forestation.
HW-1.2 Determine specific waste management and recycling strategies for identified critical areas where large amounts of aquatic debris is found.
HW-1.3  Initiate the mangrove planting project.
HW-1.4 Monitor mangrove survival rate and replace seeds as necessary.

Last Update 05 March 2012

Attachment TS_HW1.pdf