Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Highlights for the week ending July 2nd

Water Quality Monitoring Program with Volunteers (WQMPV):
For the week of June 28th to July 2nd the WQMPV visited the 24 monitoring stations around the San Juan Bay Estuary Watershed. A total of 12 volunteers joined our WQMPV coordinator, Harold Manrique, and collected data from eight water quality parameters during the 4-day monitoring period. During each trip they also collected water samples to measure colonies of fecal bacteria. Our volunteers performed the analyses in our own facilities in Old San Juan. 

Olympic Summer Camp in our Visitor Center, 7.30.2016
We remain committed to the environmental education Puerto Rico's youth. Twenty (20) kids from the Olympic Summer Camp visited the San Juan Bay Estuary for an instructive trip. The littlest ones, led by our Education Manager Javier Cardona, enjoined a fun workshop about the fiddler crab, they listened to the tale “El Cangrejo Violinista (The Fiddler Crab)” by author Zulma Ayes, and engaged in drawing, painting, and movement exercises based on the story. The older ones, led by our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Helen Angell, interacted in the field and observed the San Juan Bay's flora and fauna. They also had the opportunity to perform water quality monitoring, beach cleaning and classify various types of debris found in the beach sand.

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