Tracking System

HW-12 - Pending

Action ID HW-12

Action Assess the impact of thermal discharges on biological communities in the San Juan Bay

Schedule Short-Term

Status Pending


Update July 2017: This action is currently in progression and will be addressed in future work plans.

Update March, 2012: We must speak with the president of the Puerto Rico Power Authority to see if the study of suction impacts of the thermoelectric plants is done.

These thermal discharges are also key issues to be discussed in a workshop between regulatory agencies.  The program has received information on manatee sightings in this area, and scientists have suggested that manatees drink water from these discharges.  A firm position regarding this issue will not be taken until further scientific data suggests an effective alternative.

HW-12.1 Conduct a joint workshop involving regulatory agencies, fisheries scientists, and PREPA to evaluate the need, costs, cost/benefit ratios, and ramifications of conducting a study of the impacts of power plant operations on fishery resources. (in coordination with hw-1.1).
HW-12.2 Design the scope of study, identify potential data needs and funding sources, and conduct an impact study (if deemed necessary). Based upon the results of the study, a plan should be developed and implemented to lower the temperatures of the discharges.
HW-12.3 Enhance biodiversity by protecting breeding and nesting areas through limiting access and recreational use, posting signs, and conducting regular patrols.

Date Created 03 Mar 2006

Last Update 31 July 2017