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Actualización semanal del Estuario

An estuarine greeting! Below are the activities and opportunities for collaboration, training, and employment for this week, in benefit the interconnected waters of the San Juan Bay Estuary system.

Family Day at the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve

Celebrate all mothers with us on Saturday, May 4th! Join us at the Jaime Benitez Park where, starting at 3:00 p.m., we will have a macramé workshop, a Zumba class for mom, a birding interpretive tour (with Contacto Verde hours), an endemic bird workshop (with Contacto Verde hours) and the screening of Cine del Estuario. Our friends from Pizzería 188 will have food and snacks for sale. See more information at We look forward to seeing you!

Cine del Estuario

After the Family Day, Cine del Estuario presents: Trolls; on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. in the Jaime Benítez Park of the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. The film will be screened in Spanish, with English subtitles. As always, this feature is free of cost. Bring your blanket or chair!

Calling for new Estuario Resident Artists

The Resident Artists initiative has morphed into a national movement! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, announced the creation of programs for artist-in-residence in six regions of the U.S. National Estuarine Program.

Therefore, we are happy to announce a new season of Estuario Resident Artists for 2024, which will focus on the restoration efforts of the Juan Méndez Creek, in San Juan.

View the Request for Proposal here, and apply today. The call is open until May 15, 2024.

Certification for Citizen Scientists

Start your certification as a citizen scientist with Estuario. Participate in the upcoming introductory workshops for the thematic modules of Water Quality, Characterization and Reduction of Microplastics, Participatory Bird Censuses and Coastal Resilience:

Thursday, May 2 – Participatory Bird Censuses

Thursday, May 9 – Water Quality

Thursday, May 16 – Characterization and Reduction of Microplastics

Thursday, May 23 – Coastal Resilience

All workshops will be facilitated by the SJBEP environmental educator, Coral Avilés, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom.

See more activities and sign up today, at

Return your Water Quality Day Kit

Return your kit! When you drop off your water quality kit, you’ll receive an estuarine reusable bag, so you can reduce your environmental footprint in style. Get your reusable bag today!

Stop by our office (1315 Avenida Ponce de Leon, San Juan, PR 00907) Monday through Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Call us at 787-725-8165 or write us at: [email protected].

You can also stop by the Jaime Benítez Park of the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve, on Sunday, April 28, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Employment Opportunities

Video Production Services—Request for Quote – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership, Estuario, is looking to engage a professional consultant(s) to provide video production services to produce a video for the Estuario’s 30th anniversary.

Economic Valuation Study—Request for Proposal – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership is looking to engage a professional consultant(s) to conduct an economic valuation study to determine the current economic value of the natural resources and services in the San Juan Bay Estuary watershed.

Capacity Building and Facilitation Services—Request for Proposal – The Capacity Building Services supports Estuario’s role as a regional convener, catalyst, and facilitator to restore and maintain clean waters that support a thriving ecosystem, healthy

See more information at:

Other activities

Kilómetros de cambio:

The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership stands in solidarity with the Kilómetros de cambio movement, a relay race throughout the island of Puerto Rico that will be held continuously, over three days, to raise funds in benefit of women victims of gender violence.

The executive director of the SJBEP, Brenda Torres, will be part of Route #7 from Quebradillas to Aguadilla (13.55 miles), on May 17, 2024, along with ten other runners. The group will be captained by athlete Melissa Rios.

At Estuario, we understand that the state of our environment reflects our quality of life and that, to achieve environmental justice, resilience, and access to clean water, it is imperative to eradicate violence from our communities. Learn more about Kilómetros de cambio, here.

Bird census in Punta Salinas:

On Monday, April 22, Earth Day, our public engagement specialist, Eliezer Nieves, led a participatory bird census in the Punta Salinas Forest, with citizen science students from the Espíritu Santo Academy in Toa Baja.

The students took this tour as part of their certification as citizen scientists, in the thematic module of Participatory Bird Censuses, where they learn techniques to identify birds, how to document them, and their importance within the ecosystems of the San Juan Bay Estuary.

Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Learn more about the Participatory Bird Census Module of Estuario’s Certification for Citizen Scientists, at:

White-winged dove (Zenaida asiatica)

Media coverage

Torres, Brenda. April 23, 2024. Violencia de género y justicia ambiental. Opinión. El Nuevo Día. p.29.

Weekly water quality monitoring

Evaluation carried out on Thursday, April 25, 2024. We have a GREEN flag for the Condado Lagoon. All monitoring stations met the “Beach Action Value” water quality standard for enterococci of 70 CFU/100 ML. However, we remind you to avoid the water during rain events. Have a good weekend!

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