Thursday, January 28, 2016

Our highlights for the week ending January 24th

University of Puerto Rico partners with the SJBEP to complete our estuarine oral history project:  The University of Puerto Rico’s School of Communication devoted a graduated course to the oral history project of our organization. In this course, offered by professor Mario Roche, the students conducted a series of in-depth interviews to community leaders of our watershed.  Dialogo newspaper is currently publishing a summarized version of the interviews, as follow:

Elena Resto Torres, from the Capetillo community:

José “Chago” Santiago Reillo, from the Cantera community:

Hideliza Román, Caimito community

Rosa Hilda Ramos, Cataño community

César A. Carrero, Condado community

Manuel Lulo Rivera, La Playita community

EPA releases the National Coastal Condition Assessment 2010 Final Report The National Coastal Condition Assessment 2010 Report finds that more than half of the nation's coastal and Great Lakes nearshore waters are rated good for biological and sediment quality, while about one-third are rated good for water quality. In almost all coastal waters, however, contaminants in fish tissue pose a threat to sensitive predator fish, birds, and wildlife. The National Coastal Condition Assessment is part of a series of National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) designed to advance the science of coastal monitoring and answer critical questions about the condition of waters in the United States. The report can be found at the following link:

Meeting with the DNER’s Secretary:  The SJBEP’s Executive Director and the Scientific Director of the entity met on Friday, January 22, 2016 with the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Hon. Carmen Guerrero, to discuss several ongoing projects, with emphasis on the acquisition of land on riparian areas of the SJBE watershed.  This project is part of current year’s matching fund as part of our annual EPA grant.  

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