562 pounds of garbage out of our San Juan Bay Estuary, 7.7.2016:
As part of our education and volunteer initiatives, 562 pounds of garbage, mostly plastic, were removed from the riparian forest in the old mouth of the Bayamon river and the east coast of the San Juan Bay, in Toa Baja. Eighty (80) young participants from the Upward Bound program of the Inter American University in Ponce were the protagonists of this initiative to improve our estuarine ecosystem. They also acquired knowledge about aquatic waste and the challenges this natural system faces in the race to restoring and preserving it. Thanks to these young people, Puerto Rico and the San Juan Bay Estuary are cleaner today.
Fish Survey in our artificial modules and mangrove planting project, 7.9.2016:
Our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, Ivangs Rivera, MSc, led a group of six (6) volunteers in another successful fish survey at the Condado Lagoon. The activity was conducted during 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Three locations that included an area of sand, seagrasses and artificial modules were studied. During the activity approximately 20 species of fish including lionfish were identified. You can see more images in our Instagram account: @estuariosanjuan and an amazing video filmed by Ivangs Rivera, posted in our Facebook page: Ciudad de Las Aguas.
Green Flag for the Condado Lagoon
This week we monitored the Condado Lagoon as part of the Condado Lagoon Estuarine Reserve Enterococcus Monitoring Project. On average the reserve meet the federal standard of 35CFU/100mL reporting a total of 1.78(CFU/100mL),