Highlights for the Week Ending January 31 2021

Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

As part of the development of our Hazard Mitigation Plan for San Juan Bay Estuary Watershed Communities, representatives from the watershed’s 9 municipalities (San Juan, Bayamón, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Loíza, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto & Guaynabo) attended an Integration Meeting on December 16, 2020. 

In the meeting, Green Infrastructure tools were presented to achieve compliance with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit guidelines, as well as reviewed for Community Development Block Grant for Mitigation eligibility. 

On December 17, 2020 members of the Scientific & Technical Assessment Committee (STAC) and collaborators met in an Extraordinary Meeting. The meeting focused in the unification of several sectors for the development of the Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

See information on the December 16 2020 Integration Meeting HERE, and the December 17 2020 Extraordinary Meeting HERE.

Red Mangrove Planting in Condado Lagoon

As part of green infrastructure-based ecosystem restoration efforts, Estuario supported EarthEcho in the planting of red mangroves in the Condado Lagoon Estuarine Reserve. Properly organized to comply with COVID-19 protocols, the activity featured a small group of EarthEcho youth Ambassadors and members of Estuario’s staff. 92 seedlings were planted in 3 areas throughout the Lagoon’s coast. The youth Ambassadors also received a short workshop on the importance of red mangroves in the Lagoon’s ecosystem. The event took place on Saturday January 30, 2021.

See the photos gallery HERE.

Weekly Water Quality Monitoring

Here are this week’s results, performed on Thursday, January 28, 2021. Results are published every Friday through our Facebook Page.

Workshop: Creating Content for Community Organizations

As part of the project From Reality to Augmented Reality, Estuario invites its public to participate from the workshop Creating Content for Community Organizations, led by Resident Artist Adriana García. The workshop will take place Monday February 1, 2021 at 6PM via Zoom. The workshop will focus on maintaining visual consistency in content output and the identification and utilization of free-to-use tools to design and produce visual content. Register HERE.

Estuario Cinema 2021 

Stay tuned for a new edition of Estuario Cinema on Saturday, February 6 2021 at 7PM. We will be presenting a special edition featuring short documentaries produced through the Sagrado Corazón University’s Ferré Rangel Communications School and Community Outreach Program.

Request for Proposal – Environmental Indicators for the San Juan Bay Estuary: Assessment of Sediment and Fish Tissue Contaminants

Estuario is currently requesting proposals from qualified firms to perform an assessment of contaminants in sediments and fish tissue in the San Juan Bay Estuary. A Mandatory Informative Meeting will take place in order to broaden the potential Contractor’s understanding of Estuario’s objectives, background and needs. The meeting will take place February 5, 2021 at 10AM.

For more information, documentation and to apply click HERE.

Join the Water Community Network

Since its beginnings, participating neighbors and leaders for the Network have proven instrumental in the execution of restoration projects, as well as the formation of resilient communities within the San Juan Bay Estuary Watershed. 

You are key to this endeavor. Join the Water Community Network and partake in personal and professional growth opportunities with activities focused in the health, economic and environmental betterment of communities. Check out the projects that will take place through 2021 and register HERE.

Estuario Supports University of Puerto Rico Research on Puerto Rico Production of Wood

The University of Puerto Rico and Central University of Florida are currently investigating the services and management practices in wood production in the Island, in order to assess the viability of the wood industry in Puerto Rico.

In collaboration with the project, Estuario is sharing the following poll, which looks to uncover the perception of the population regarding the wood industry in the Island. 

To participate, click HERE (sp).

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The San Juan Bay Estuary Watershed’s water quality management and restoration actions are possible thanks to our public. Donations to the San Juan Bay Estuary Program are deductible in Federal and Local tax returns. 

For more information and to make a donation, click here: https://estuario.org/donate/