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.
Educational Day at Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve
This Saturday, February 4, 2023, don’t miss the next educational day at the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve, in Jaime Benítez Park!
There will be informative tables, treasure hunts, an interpretive walk through the reserve, salsa classes and Puerto Rican folk music. In addition, we’ll be screening the documentary “San Jerónimo. Una lucha a través del tiempo“, produced by Amigos del Fortín San Jerónimo. Then, at 7:00 p.m., stay for Cine del Estuario!
Cine del Estuario
Following the educational day at the County Lagoon Estuarine Nature Preserve, Cine del Estuario presents: Jurassic World: Dominion; This Saturday February 4, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. in Jaime Benítez Park. This event is free of charge. Bring your blanket or chair!
Certification for citizen scientists
The elective workshops for Estuario’s Certification for Citizen Scientists Program continue, for the modules of Water Quality, Characterization and Reduction of Microplastics, and Coastal Resilience.
The dates of the next workshops are as follows:
- Water Quality in the Estuary: Bacteriological Analysis – Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
- Characterization of microplastics in water – Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
- Coral Reef Ecological Assessment – Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
The workshops will be offered virtually, through Zoom.
Read more about the Citizen Science Certification Program, its thematic modules, processes, requirements, and register here: https://estuario.org/ccc/.
Water Quality Day 2023
Have you already chosen your body of water? The fifteenth Water Quality Day will be on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Registration is now open! Create your group, choose your body of water and register it today.
On Thursday, February 9, we will begin training workshops for the event. The dates are as follows:
- February 9, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
- February 16, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
- February 23, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The workshops will be provided virtually, through Zoom. Sign up today: https://estuario.org/diadecalidaddeagua/.
We have the following calls open:
- Curriculum and Assessment Specialist
- Study of needs and proposal of strategic communication plan
- Facilitator of participation for project—illicit discharge detection and correction
See all calls on https://estuario.org/avisos/.
Planting of red mangroves at Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve
On Saturday, January 28, 2023, members of the AIHA, AESA and One Health organizations of the UPR Medical Sciences Campus planted 300 red mangrove seedlings in the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. The planting was carried out as part of the group’s training process for the certification of citizen scientists with Estuario’s Coastal Resilience module. Shoutout to these organizations!
Weekly water quality monitoring
Evaluation conducted Thursday, February 2, 2023. We have a RED flag for the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. We recommend avoiding the areas that exceeded water quality parameters for enterococci (70 CFU/100 ml). Always remember to avoid direct contact with bodies of water during rainfall events (and at least 48 hours after).
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/.