Saturday, April 16, 2016

Highlights for the week ending March 11th

The San Juan Bay Estuary Program welcomes new AmericCorps VISTA volunteers:
On March 7th we welcomed two new AmeriCorps VISTA, Laura Fidalgo and Rosana Doras, to our team as part of the On Site Orientation Training (OSOT). We introduced the new members in an educational tour around Old San Juan and shared some knowledge about SJBEP and the AmeriCorps VISTA’s importance.

Book Donations
On March 10th, our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers made the second donation to the library of the Emiliano Figueroa Elementary School in Piñones, as part of the VISTA initiative to identify economic growth opportunities based in the environment.

Informative Table
On March 8th, 9th and 10th we continued our outreach education initiative through the setup of informative tables in conferences. The activity was part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) celebrated in the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

Water Quality Monitoring Program with Volunteers
On Thursday 10th, we monitored the Condado Lagoon as part of the Condado Lagoon Estuarine Reserve Enterococcus Monitoring Project. We monitored 5 stations for fecal enterococcus. On average, the reserve meet the federal standard of 35CFU/100mL reporting a total of 1.78CFU/100mL. 

Environmental Fair
On March 8th, our AmeriCorps VISTA group of volunteers participated in the Environmental Fair at the María Reina Academy. This activity was part of our educational and informative goals.   

Visitor Center
On March 11th our Visitor Center received a group of students from TASIS School. The group of thirty students learned more about the history of the Martin Peña Channel communities, the environmental and social problems in the channel and the importance of the rehabilitation of this ecosystem. Also, our Education Manager, Javier Cardona, accompanied the student in an educational and environmental field trip by the Martín Peña Channel and the eight communities.

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