November 24, 2020
Dear Friend of the San Juan Bay Estuary,
Think back to the first time you were able to visit a river or beach and breathe fresh air while enjoying your favorite recreational sport after the COVID-19 lockdown was lifted. What would you do if you could not enjoy open spaces because of nearby contaminated waters that pose a threat to you and your family’s health?
Despite the many difficulties that 2020 has presented, thanks to your support, the San Juan Bay Estuary Program (Estuario) continued its task to restore our waters and ensure our population’s social and economic well-being in the metro area. By expanding the island’s only water quality monitoring strategy to detect and correct illicit discharges, implemented by the Estuario, there has been a notable improvement in the San Juan Metro Area’s water and streams condition.
This progress has proven invaluable in providing much-needed recreation and respite from the monotony of staying indoors and nourishing our general well-being. As the pandemic continues to unfold around us, the use of our rivers and beaches as recreational spaces has been essential, serving as outlets to relieve our anxieties during unknown times and as low-risk spaces to spend time with loved ones within social distancing protocols.
The Estuario is also in the critical kick-off stages of developing Puerto Rico’s first-ever Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will further strengthen the metro area by reducing the vulnerability of the communities in its eight municipalities. The Estuario is working in conjunction with several key agencies such as the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources and Aqueducts and Sewers Authorities, the participating municipalities, and other special interests’ parties to develop and implement the plan, which will help guarantee its success and impact.
Our projects are of utmost importance to fully restore the estuarine waters and depend on limited resources and funding. For this reason, I am reaching out to you today to ask for your donation. With your contribution to the Estuario, you will be contributing to decreasing pollutant discharges and threats to public health, reducing damage and losses to people and property, as well as to natural ecosystems, and the development of effective adaptation strategies to natural hazards. Enclose your donation and send in today- the waters of Puerto Rico are counting on you.
Brenda Torres Barreto
[*] Your donation may be deducted from the Puerto Rico and Federal Income Tax Return. No goods or services are or will be received by the Corporation for the Conservation of the San Juan Bay Estuary in exchange for your donation, as mentioned above. The Estuario is a nonprofit organization (EIN: 660657150) with tax-exempt status under Federal Code 501 (C) (3), Section 1101.01 of the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code. For this reason, every donation you make is deductible from your corresponding tax period. Please ask your accountant about tax-deductible donations or talk to us for more information. Some residents who have a tax exemption under Act 22 are required to make annual charitable contributions of at least $5,000 to nonprofit organizations operating in Puerto Rico certified as tax-exempt entities.
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