Estuario Weekly Update
Estuarine greetings! Below, we share opportunities for collaboration, volunteerism and training for this week, through initiatives and actions programmed for the benefit of the ecosystems of the San Juan Bay Estuary and their communities.
We have the following available:
Field trips for the certification for citizen scientists
Estuario invites you to participate in the following field trips corresponding to the coastal resilience thematic module:
- Seagrass monitoring; Friday, March 3, 2023, and
- Coral reef monitoring; Friday, March 10, 2023
Both field trips will be from 8 a.m. to 12 m. their location will be announced later, and depends on favorable weather conditions for the coast between Condado and Isla Verde.
Sign up today, in https://estuario.org/eventos/.
Family Day at Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve
On Saturday, March 4, 2023, we will hold the next family day at the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve, with the following activities:
- 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Underwater and terrestrial cleaning of the lagoon
- 10 a.m. – 12 m.: Reserve plant identification workshop
- 4 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Family Games, “Goofy Games”
- 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.: Water Quality Day Training Workshop
And at 7 p.m., stay for Estuary Cinema! This event is open to the public. Sign up on https://estuario.org/eventos/ to receive additional information and updates. For additional questions, you can also write to [email protected]. See you then!
Cine del Estuario
Water Quality Day
The fifteenth Water Quality Day will be on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Have you already chosen your body of water? Registration is open! Create your group, choose your body of water and register it in: https://estuario.org/diadecalidaddeagua/.
This March 2023, we have scheduled face-to-face training workshops. In these workshops we will inform you about the registration process, monitoring kit, data collection and everything you need to make your monitoring activity a success. The dates and locations of the workshops will be as follows:
- Saturday, March 4, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.:
- at the Universidad Interamericana, Fajardo Campus and
- in Taller Comunidad La Goyco, Santurce.
- Saturday, March 4, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.:
- in Jaime Benítez Park, Laguna del Condado.
- Saturday, March 11, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.:
- at the Universidad Interamericana, Bayamón Campus.
Deja una huella limpia en Piñones
Estuario presents the community campaign “Deja una huella limpia en Piñones,” an educational effort focused on action to take care of the coastal ecosystems of Piñones, through the reduction of solid waste and its responsible disposal. The effort is possible thanks to the collaboration of the organization LimPiaR.
Last Friday, February 10, 2023, campaign signs were delivered and installed in two businesses in Piñones:
Thanks to these businesses for their commitment!
Deja una huella limpia en Piñones continues the methods of the educational campaign Que no toque el piso ni llegue al agua, which has 20 businesses and collaborators on Calle Loíza, Santurce. Both campaigns are part of Estuario’s Aquatic Debris Program.
Weekly water quality monitoring
Evaluation conducted on Thursday, February 23, 2023. We have a GREEN flag for the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. The red stations exceeded the water quality parameter for enterococci (70 CFU/100 ml). We recommend avoiding direct contact with these bodies during rainy events (and at least 48 hours after rainfall).
The actions for the restoration and management of bodies of water within the San Juan Bay Estuary Watershed are possible thanks to the public. Donations to the San Juan Bay Estuary Program are deductible from Puerto Rico and US tax returns.
For more info, go to https://estuario.org/donate/.
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Register as a volunteer, HERE.