Recycling efforts in San Sebastián Street Festival: During the four days of festivals, from January 14 to January 17, the San Juan Bay Estuary Program joined the Municipality of San Juan’s Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership and manned one of 20 recycling stations scattered throughout the island of Old San Juan.
New historian and communicator for our visitor’s center: The San Juan Bay Estuary Program welcomes historian Dr. Ruth García and communicator Lourdes Hernández to our team. They will be leading our historic documenting efforts for the communities of the Martín Peña Channel and other communities from the estuary area. In addition, García and Hernández will manage exhibits in our new visitor’s center in Old San Juan.
Clean-water efforts in Las Curías lake: Since October 2015, the San Juan Bay Estuary Program joined the association of residents of Las Curías and the Municpality of San Juan in planning ways of eradicating, without the use of pesticides, an outburst of giant salvinia threatening the Las Curías lake. The constant monitoring and reporting on enterococcus levels by the SJBEP have led a strong partnership with the Municipality of San Juan, who initiated in December 2015 and January 2016 the maintenance of septic tanks for the residents in an effort to improve the water quality of the lake.
Christmas bird census: On January 3, 2016 we conducted our yearly Christmas Bird Census,which was organized by our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and Biologist Stephanie Camacho. The census took place simultaneously in three areas: the Luis Muñoz Rivera Park in northern San Juan, the community of Piñones in Loíza, and Las Curías in southern San Juan.