Friday, June 3, 2016

Highlights for the week ending May 28th

Bird census:
Our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers identified a new bird census' route in the community of Piñones on May 25th, 2016. Newcomer VISTA Laura Fidalgo, our Fauna Specialist, identified over 20 species during the trip, settling into this beautiful and diverse community in the process. The group documented the expedition, which is part of their environment-based economic growth initiative within Piñones.

Estuarine Water Quality Volunteer Monitoring Program:
This week, specifically May 24-27th, we held our monthly Water Quality Monitoring event. Ten volunteers cooperated with our Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator, Harold Manrique, sampling water from 24 monitoring stations within the San Juan Bay Estuary watershed.
Coastal Profile in Piñones Beach:
Continuing our Citizen Science and Dune Restoration initiatives, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Ivangs Rivera, MSc, led 14 other volunteers in the latest monthly beach profile in Piñones, May 28th. Beach profiles consist of measuring the dunes' heights and depressions and their distance from incoming tide, resulting in a complete terrain delineation of the area. These results are then used to track dune migration in the zone.

Green Flag for the Condado Lagoon Estuarine Reserve:
This week’s enterococcus tests results met the federal standard of 35CFU/100mL, reporting a total of 4.16CFU/100mL. Our weekly Enterococcus Monitoring Project provides information of the average results on the monitored stations of this important Estuarine Reserve.  Data is available in the following link:

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