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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