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Estuario Weekly Update

Greetings from Estuario! Through our weekly update, we inform about events, projects, activities and training opportunities to residents and friends of the communities of the San Juan Bay Estuary.

Bioblitz in the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve

The first BioBlitz at the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve (RNELC) is tomorrow, Saturday, September 23, starting at 7:30 a.m.! Have you already chosen your documentation tour?

The BioBlitz is a citizen science activity where we will monitor the biodiversity of the Reserve. We will connect with this environment and generate useful data for science and conservation.

We will have the following tours and talks:

  • 7:00 a.m. – Bird documentation [tour]
  • 9:00 a.m. – Marine life documentation [tour]
  • 9:00 a.m. – Documentation of plants, fungi, reptiles, and invertebrates [tour]
  • 12:00 p.m. – What is an estuary? [talk]
  • 1:00 p.m. – Common plants at RNELC [talk]
  • 2:00 p.m. – RNELC Fauna [talk]
  • 4:00 p.m. – Bird documentation [tour]
  • 6:00 p.m. – Documentation of nocturnal fauna (amphibians, bats and invertebrates) [tour]

Employment opportunity

AUDIT & TAX SERVICES CONTRACT ANNOUNCEMENT: Estuario is seeking interested certified public accountants that have experience in providing audit and tax services to nonprofit organizations. See the listing, here:

Certification for citizen scientists

Next, the activities scheduled for the remainder of September. Learn more about the thematic modules, certification process, and register today, at:

Water Quality Module:

  • September 26 – Field trip: water quality monitoring in San Juan Bay; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • September 27 – Field trip: water quality monitoring at Laguna San José; from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • September 28 – Field trip: bacteriological monitoring in Laguna del Condado and bordering beaches; from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • September 29 – Field trip: water quality monitoring in Río Piedras and Las Curías; from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Coastal resilience module:

  • September 24 – Field trip: Seagrass community monitoring [for high school students]; 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • September 27 – Introductory Workshop: Coastal Resilience; 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • September 30 – Field trip: coastal vegetation planting [for high school students] from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Recent events and activities

International coastal clean-up:

On Saturday, September 16, 2023, we supported the 2023 International Coastal Cleanup, an effort led by theScuba Dogs Society, with our pickup stations at the Laguna del Condado Estuarine Nature Reserve.

We thank the 80 volunteers and entities that accompanied us: Municipality of San Juan, Amigos de la Laguna, Los Tsunamis group, schools: Cupeyville, St. Johns, Robinson, La Central, San Juan School of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, Papa Juan 23, Bayamón, Juan Ponce de León and Adianez de Guaynabo, PRWEA- PUPR, IIAM, Swana Caribbean, and CESAM.

They collected a total of 40 bags, equivalent to 373.41 lbs. and over 2,800 items.

See photos of the event, here.

Family day:

As part of the start of National Estuarine Week, we had our Family Day Trip at the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve on Saturday, September 16.

Between ecological games, educational tables and an interpretive tour, we inaugurated the botanical path in the Reserve as part of the eagle listening project of the young Joaquín Pérez, of the 25th troop of Bayamón. Come and take the tour!

See the photos here.

Deposition at the 2023 summit of the Clinton Global Initiative:

On September 18 and 19, 2023, the 2023 summit of the Clinton Global Initiative was held, where Estuario deposed its commitment to foster a workforce aware of natural infrastructure alternatives to achieve resilience in the coastal communities of Puerto Rico, in the face of the effects of climate change.

Read the deposition, here.

Message from your Virtual Community Hub

Download our community hurricane preparedness guide today and use its recommendations during this hurricane season.

The strength and endurance of your community begins at home.

Stay informed!

Take advantage of our information platform, the Estuario Virtual Community Hub, where you will find vital information to prepare with your family and community.

To learn about risk mitigation strategies at Estuario and identify the risks, conditions and assets in your community, go to:

Weekly water quality monitoring

Evaluation conducted on Thursday, September 21, 2023. We have a GREEN flag for the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. We recommend avoiding the areas that exceeded the water quality parameter for enterococci (70 CFU/100mL). Remember to avoid direct contact with water bodies during rainy events. Have a good weekend!

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