Estuario Weekly Update
Through our weekly update we share opportunities for collaboration, volunteering, and work; through initiatives and actions programmed for the benefit of the ecosystems and communities of the San Juan Bay Estuary. These activities, tips and information are for everyone’s benefit.
Evening talk and tour for children
We invite our estuarine children to bring their parents to the night talk and tour, Bats: friends of the forest and the Estuario; at the San Patricio State Forest, Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 5:30-7:30PM. We will start the afternoon with a talk, followed by the reading of the story of “Canito: el murciélago pescador (Canito, the fishing bat)“. We conclude with a night tour of the forest. Register your group here: https://estuario.org/events/
Estuario is looking for professional staff to perform the following tasks:
- Coordinator of the Puerto Rico Water Quality Monitoring Day 2023
- Project Coordinator—Public Engagement
Apply today: https://estuario.org/rfp-notices/
Citizen scientists get certified in coastal resilience module
On Saturday, October 15, 2022, a group of estuarine citizen scientists completed workshops on coastal tropical ecosystems and sand dune restoration, placed wooden stakes for sand retention, and seeded coastal vegetation for sand stabilization. They also carried out microplastic identification and water quality monitoring activities. This event was carried out in collaboration with Vida Marina of the UPR in Aguadilla. The participants received their certification as citizen scientists in the coastal resilience thematic module. See the photo gallery here.
Estuario Summit 2022
Save the date! Next November 15, 16 and 17, join us at the Estuario Summit 2022; advancing the development of conceptual models of the San Juan Bay Estuary (SJBE) system as a guideline for conservation, research, water quality monitoring, and education programs.
This event is open to all knowledge-holders of Estuario’s actions for the management and conservation of the SJBE. Request your invitation, at: https://estuario.org/summit2022/
Weekly water quality monitoring
Evaluation conducted Thursday, October 20, 2022. We have a green flag for the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. Even though some stations in Lagoon did not meet the standard, their bacteriological counts were not too high. The beach in front of Nairn Street was the only one throughout the coast that did not meet the water quality standard.We recommend avoiding direct contact with the areas that did not exceed the standards and being attentive to precipitation events.
Message from your Virtual Community Hub
This 2022 hurricane season, Estuario encourages you to download the Community Hurricane Preparedness Guide and apply its recommendations. The strength and resilience of your community starts at home. In this month of June, we continue to urge communities to recognize natural risks and stay informed.
Take advantage of our informative platform, the Virtual Community Hub, where you will find vital information to prepare your family and community.
We remind you that to learn about our Hazard Mitigation Program and identify the risks, conditions and community assets available in your community: https://estuario.org/hazard-mitigation/
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/.