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Estuario Weekly Update

Estuario wishes you a Happy New Year!

As a resolution for 2024, we reiterate our commitment to the restoration and management of the bodies of water of the Puerto Rico Metropolitan Area, their ecosystems, and surrounding communities. We’re excited to begin our thirtieth year alongside you, the committed friends of the San Juan Bay Estuary. Here’s to another year!

Below are the events, activities, and opportunities for this week.

Certification for citizen scientists

Below are the upcoming events scheduled. Register at:

Water Quality Module:

  • January 11 – Field trip: bacteriological monitoring in the Condado Lagoon; with Project Coordinator Rebeca Rivera, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Participatory Bird Census Module:

  • January 11 – Introduction to participatory bird censuses; workshop with Coral Avilés, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

Coastal Resilience Module:

  • January 12 – Field trip: seed collection; with Coastal Resilience Coordinator Andreína Alexatos, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Piñones State Forest
  • January 13 – Field trip: planting of coastal vegetation and restoration of dunes; with Andreína Alexatos, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Loíza
  • January 20 – Field trip: planting of coastal vegetation; with Andreína Alexatos, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Arecibo
  • January 21 – Field Trip: Ecological Assessment of Coral Communities; with Coastal Resilience Coordinator Daritzel Cintrón, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Playita del Condado
  • January 21 – Field Trip: Ecological Assessment of Seagrasses; with Daritzel Cintron, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Condado Lagoon

Available Jobs

The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership, also known as the Estuario, is seeking qualified applications for an Accountant to join our highly skilled team for projects receiving funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership (Estuario) is seeking qualified applicants for the Operations Auditor contract to perform evaluation of the processes and operations, and assess financial and compliance to prevent risks of operations under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funds.

Other activities

Mangrove seed collection:

On December 12, the Estuario’s Coastal Resilience Coordinator, Andreína Alexatos, led a group of citizen scientists in a mangrove seed collection event, carried out in the Piñones State Forest. Harvests like this provide us with the seedlings we plant, to restore the green infrastructure that protects our coasts and the communities that inhabit them. Shoutout to the volunteers!

Weekly water quality monitoring

Evaluation conducted on Thursday, January 4, 2024. We have a GREEN flag for the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. We recommend avoiding the areas that exceeded the Beach Action Value water quality standard of 70 CFU/100 ML. Remember to avoid bodies of water during rain events. Have a nice weekend!

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