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Estuario Weekly Update

Estuarine greetings! Below, we share the events, initiatives, and opportunities scheduled in benefit of the waters, ecosystems, and communities of the San Juan Bay Estuary.

3E: Examine + Explore + Expand with the UPRRP

The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership (SJBEP), in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico and the support of the NSF, will provide mentoring and training to a group of environmental science students from the Río Piedras Campus.

The Programa 3E: Examina + Explora + Expande, began in July 2022 and will end this summer of 2024, providing experiences through diverse ecosystems and communities of the San Juan Bay Estuary.

On Monday, June 10, the students of the Programa 3E visited the Estuario Resilient Hub, Taller Comunidad La Goyco (TCG), accompanied by the Education and Citizen Science Manager, Sahid Rosado. In addition to taking a tour with Iliana García, coordinator of the TCG reading room, the students had the opportunity to learn about the beginnings of this community effort, its tenants, and the spaces that highlight this Resilient Hub.

On the other hand, Stacy Larancuent, Public Policy Advisor, and Cristina Ramirez, Manager of Aquatic Debris programs at Estuario, presented the efforts of the campaign, Que no toque el piso ni llegue al agua, in the communities and commercial sector of Loíza Street.

They explained the different ways one can get involved in the campaign, including participating in solid materials diversion stations during community activities, such as the Tito Matos Fest. They also highlighted the support of businesses in the area to the campaign, and the recognitions these businesses have received for establishing measures for the reduction and responsible management of solid waste.

Environmental Fair of Trujillo Alto

Estuario will be present at the Feria Ambiental del Municipio de Trujillo Alto, which will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Paseo del Bicentenario. As part of the fair, we will provide the educational workshop: Learning about vegetable oil and its implications for infrastructure and the environment; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. The workshop will be facilitated by students who are part of an education and awareness internship for integrated resource and waste management with the SJBEP. Come see us at our informative table!

Tito Matos Fest

This weekend, we will also have the Tito Matos Fest at Taller Comunidad La Goyco, from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16. See the festival itinerary, here.

As part of the campaign Que no toque el piso ni llegue al agua, the SJBEP will be supporting the diversion stations of the festival’s materials. If you want to be part of this effort, you can sign up as a volunteer, here.

Coastal Planting in Piñones

Last Saturday, June 8, we carried out a planting of coastal vegetation in Piñones, as part of the Coastal Resilience module of the SJBEP Citizen Scientists Certification. We appreciate the participation of volunteers from L’Oréal Caribe. Thank you!

Citizen Scientists Certification

Below are the activities scheduled for the coming weeks. See more information at:

Water Quality Monitoring Module: 

Participatory Bird Census Module:

Microplastics Characterization and Reduction Module:

Coastal Resilience Module:

Workshops and field trips of the Coastal Resilience module can be validated as Green Contact or community service hours for high school students, as applicable. Learn more at:

Employment Opportunities

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

Community Relations Support—Urban Waters Federal Partnership – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership is seeking qualified applicants to provide Community Relations support to the Urban Waters Ambassador, who supports the implementation of the CMP Ecosystem Restoration Project.

Recruiting Services—Request for Proposals – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership requests proposals from qualified individuals or firms to provide recruiting services for various open positions (contractor and staff).

Estuario Artists-in-Residence—Request for Proposals – The SJBEP seeks to select artistic proposals that support the restoration work of the Juan Méndez Creek.

Message from you Virtual Community Hub

Get ready for this hurricane season. Download the Community Estuary Hurricane Preparedness Guide and follow its recommendations. The strength and resilience of your community starts at home.

Also visit the Estuary Virtual Community Center, where you’ll find vital information such as relevant emergency number information and instructions for preparing emergency backpacks.

Don’t get scared! Get prepared.

Weekly Water Quality Monitoring

Evaluation carried out Thursday, June 13, 2024. We have a GREEN flag for the Condado Lagoon. Two stations across the coastal region exceeded the “Beach Action Value” water quality standard for enterococci of 70 CFU/100 ML—we recommend avoiding these areas. Have a good weekend.

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