Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ecological Literacy Campaign, La Concha dims their lights, First sale of Capetillo Vegetable Garden at local mall, EPA award to Enlace

Photos: Screening of the documentary ‘100,000’ at the Estuary’s Cinema and students taking our Estuarine Comic Book Workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Our weekly update for April 4, 2011 to April 11, 2011, is as follows:

1) Urban ecological literacy campaign keeps moving: Last Saturday, April 9, 2011 we continue our Estuarine Comic Book Workshop on the impact of stormwater pollution to the flora and fauna of the San Juan Bay Estuary at the Museum of Contemporary Arts. This is part of a larger ecological literacy campaign that includes five educational exhibits located in high transit areas that impact more than 500,000 persons per year; two forthcoming coloring books on the flora and fauna of our ecosystem; two movies for children; two documentaries (on mangroves and coral reefs); seven TV spots; over 12 newspaper ads; brown-bag lunch talks; and guided tours, among others.

2) La Concha Hotel dims their ocean lights: We thank José M. Suárez, President of La Concha Hotel, for his rapid response to our light contamination concern. They turned off one of the luminaries, change the direction and dimmed the other two.

3) New scientific article of Jorge Bauzá at El Nuevo Día- We are proud of the most recent contribution of Jorge Bauzá to the Science section of El Nuevo Día newspaper, follow the link to the article:

4) ‘100,000’ Puerto Rican documentary at Estuary’s Cinema: Local writer and director Juan Agustín Márquez participated in the screen of his “100,000” documentary on stray dogs in the island. The activity took place on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Jaime Benítez Condado Lagoon Park as part of our Estuary’s Cinema and we had a good participation of dog owners with their pets. We had the opportunity to talk to several of them about the importance of scooping dog waste to prevent stormwater pollution. The activity was announced at El Nuevo Día and El Vocero newspapers on April 8 and 9, 2011 as well as in Univisión:“100mil”

5) SJBEP’s stormwater educational markers initiative to be replicated in others parts of the island - After a meeting with our Outreach Coordinator, Gladys Rivera, Tetratech Corporation included the SJBEP’s stormwater marker project "No contamines, llega a tu playa" as an educational tool in their municipal contracts. To date Utuado, Aguada, Rincón, Aibonito, and Barranquitas approved the use of the stromwater educational markers, and Morovis and San Germán could follow. Tetratech has collaborated with the SJBEP in hiring groups for the World Water Monitoring Day celebration in the above mentioned areas.

6) Environmental Fair at Colegio San Antonio - 75% knowledge acquisition identified - During the fair, more than 150 students visited the San Juan Bay Estuary exhibit at the auditorium where it took place. They received educational talks about the Estuary by Gladys Rivera. More than 75% of participants learned for the first time that stormwater drains go directly to a water body without any treatment. The activity took place on March 31, 2011.

7) Educational booths as part of the Earth Month- On Friday, April 8, 2011 we had an educational table about the San Juan Bay Estuary at the Condado Renace (residents and business association) annual fundraising event at Casa Ashford. Then, on Sunday, April 10, 2011 we had an exhibit at the Puerto Rico Art Museum’s Garden, celebrating Earth’s Month.

8) First sale of Capetillo Community’s Vegetable Garden products in Kiehl’s store: As part of our ongoing support of Capetillo Community’s Vegetable Garden, last Saturday, April 9, 2011 our partner L’Oreal Paris and their brand Kiehl’s began to sell the agricultural products of the community (including compost) in their store located in Plaza las Américas mall. According to Germán Ramos, coordinator of the initiative, this first sale reached their goals.

9) Lisa García, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice visited the Cucharillas Wetland communities- During this week Javier Laureano coordinated the visit of Lisa García to the Juana Matos inner city community, located in the Cucharillas Wetland. She met with one of the most active community leaders of our watershed, Pedro Carrión.

10) Front-page news and glowing editorial for Enlace’s EPA Environmental Justice Award- Last Thursday, April 7, 2011 the President of our nonprofit Board Pedro Gelabert and Javier Laureano represented the San Juan Bay Estuary Program at the Enlace’s partners meeting and the Enviromental Justice Award ceremony in the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum. The activity received the front page of El Nuevo Día newspaper as well as its editorial. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck as well as Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice Lisa García handed the award to the community leaders and Enlace recipients. We congratulate our partner for this great achievement.


April 16, 2011- Estuarine Comic Books workshop (no space available) at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

April 23, 2011- Estuary’s Cinema presents “Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs” at the Condado Lagoon Park:

April 30, 2011- Puerto Rico Water Quality Monitoring Day

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