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Highlights for the week ending October 29th

10.25.2016. Bird Census at the San Juan Bay Seaway

SJBEP’s AmeriCorps VISTA Fauna and Flora specialist, Laura Fidalgo, MSc organized and led a bird census activity through San Juan Bay Seaway in preparation for the annual Christmas bird census. Sixteen species of birds and a vulnerable specie of West Indian manatee were identified in these field visits.

10. 28.2016. Outreach at UPRRP

This week, we continued our outreach education initiatives through educational booth setups in different events in the “Multi-institutional Land- Grant Partnership Initiative Symposium” at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.  Our staff, AmeriCorps VISTAs, and volunteers engaged with hundreds of visitors that learned about the San Juan Bay Estuary, the importance and role of environmental volunteer work to achieve its restoration and conservation as well as information about our organization.

10.28.2016. Old San Juan and San Juan Bay Educational Field Trip

SJBEP’s Educational Manager, Javier Cardona, with the assistance of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers and SJBEP staff, guided a group of students from Toa Alta’s Nicolás Sevilla School through Old San Juan. The fifty (50) students and their teachers enjoyed a wonderful educational trip that began with cleanups and solid waste inventory; they also participated in a workshop at our Visitor’s Center and performed water quality monitoring tests.

San Juan Bay Water Quality Monitoring Program with Volunteers (WQMPV)

From October 25-28, 2016 the San Juan Bay Water Quality Monitoring Program with Volunteers (WQMPV) visited 24 monitoring stations around the San Juan Bay estuary Watershed. A total of 14 volunteers joined the WQMPV coordinator, Harold Manrique, and collected data of eight water quality parameters during the 4-day monitoring period. 

On Thursday, October 27,2016 we monitored the Condado Lagoon as part of the Condado Lagoon Estuarine Reserve Enterococcus Monitoring Project. On average the reserve did not meet the federal standard of 35CFU/100mL, reporting a total of 59.96CFU/100mL. 

Highlights for the week ending October 22nd

Education Program and “Guardianes del Estuario” 

10.17.2016. The Juan Ponce de León School’s Guardians of the Estuary adopted the Juan Méndez creek. SJBEP’s Education Manager, Javier Cardona, and SJBEP’s Water Quality Monitoring Program Coordinator, Harold Manrique, empowered eighteen (18) students by teaching them water quality monitoring methods. This citizen science initiative provides students and teachers the opportunity to become scientific researchers in their schools while protecting the creek located in the school’s backyard, in the San José community in Río Piedras.

Education Program and an Educational Field Trip

On October 20th, 2016, SJBEP hosted thirty (30) students and teachers of the Dr. Francisco Hernández and Manuel Gaetan School from the Tras Talleres community of Santurce participated of an educational and environmental field trip to the Piñones Forest and Lagoon. SJBEP’s personnel assisted its Education Manager, Javier Cardona, ensuring the activity’s success. The participants learned about Piñones’ history and about the San Juan Estuary, its flora, fauna and the importance of environmental volunteer work. The students learned and practiced water monitoring exercises. These creative and participatory activities teach students the actions they can take to join the SJBE watershed’s restoration and conservation efforts.

Yellow Flag for the Condado Lagoon:
This week, and samples of October 20th, the Condado Lagoon did not meet the enterococcus measurement standard. The average for the lagoon was 53.47CFU/100mL; way above the minimum requirement of 35CFU/100mL. The following stations did not meet the standard: Cll Aguadilla (53.47CFU/100mL), San Geronimo (50CFU/100mL) and Jaime Benítez (50CFU/100mL).

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