Tracking System

AD-4 - Implemented

Action ID AD-4

Action Conduct periodic aquatic debris clean-up activities as suggested SJBE locations

Schedule Mid-Term

Status Implemented


Update 2017: At Capetillo Urban Forest and Vegetable Garden we cleaned up around 300 lbs. of trash in one acre. After that, we cleaned that same area weekly, ending with more than 1,000 lbs. of debris cleaned up.

In November 2012, our organization decided to take action and become an agent of environmental change in our urban office location in Santurce to clean the planters, and replant trees in our City. We created a successful alliance with the Museum of Contemporary Art, the PR Conservation Trust, and two public schools that immediately signed as volunteers for the project.

At the Cucharillas wetland, we performed cleanups in almost two acres of land and picked up 850 lbs. of trash with the help of 53 volunteers.

A restoration event (sub aquatic cleanup) with educational talk with volunteers was performed at Condado Lagoon San Gerónimo site. Also, there was an educational talk and cleanup event at Adolfo Dones Park

As part of our initiative Estuary 360, during FY 2013-2014 we had 3 events through the SJBE's watershed to promote habitat enhancement, restoration, and citizen science projects. We cleaned 5,000lbs. of debris from the watershed.

With our project of Trash Free Waters during FY 2014-2015, the SJBEP achieved 63 activities, including 18 cleanups, 30 talks, 8 workshops, 15 solid waste storm water monitoring activities, 1 survey, and 1 marine debris educational exhibition. During these 18 cleanups and thanks to the work of 516 volunteers that collected a total of 20,839 items, including 23,001 cigarette butts, for a total of 3,992lbs (nearly 2 tons of waste).

The SJBEP with the collaboration from 4 schools: Escuela del Deporte de San Juan, Escuela Especializada en Matemáticas, Ciencias y Tecnología de San Juan, Colegio San José and Escuela Especializada en Ballet Julián Blanco, did four different cleanup activities.

The SJBEP has three new challenges for FY 2016-2017. We want to reduce cigarette butt contamination by 25% during the first year of the project's implementation. Also, it is in our workplan to assess potential sites for the development of markets for recycled material in the watershed and place debris-trapping barriers on sewer grates in Old San Juan during the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián.

Update March, 2012: The SJBEP frequently carries coastal cleanup activities in different parts of the SJBE such as Palo Seco, La Esperanza, Piñones and Isla de Cabras. In January 2011 we completed our most recent coastal cleanup in Isla de Cabras in the Western side of the San Juan Bay. The Port Authority collects aquatic debris from piers in Old San Juan and the San Juan Bay.

The SJBEP is frequently carrying out a series of educational campaigns in the media. The aim of these pubic service campaigns is to effectively increase public awareness regarding the natural and recreational value of the San Juan Bay Estuary. In 2009-2010 the Program received an average of $750,000 worth of free airtime in the media.

In January 2011: we completed a coastal cleanup in Isla de Cabras in the Western side of the San Juan Bay.

Update January 2010:  The SJBEP conducts ongoing cleanup activities in the San Juan Bay watershed area. Among the latest is a beach cleaning activity at Escambrón beach in SJ with SJBE volunteers and employees of the Caribe Hilton Hotel in October 2009. One of the most attractive activities for our volunteers is the cleanup of the island La Esperanza in Cataño, we are coordinating the 4th annual cleaning of the island, to be held in June 2010.

Previous updates:  As with other CCMP actions, this is an ongoing activity for the SJBEP.  In 2003, the Program served as site coordinator for the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by The Ocean Conservancy.  The SJBEP will continue to participate in this activity and is planning to engage communities in eight different areas in the estuary's watershed.  The Program also collaborates with other efforts throughout the year, either as an active partner or as technical advisor.

Conduct educational and publicity campaigns to increase public awareness about the natural and recreational values of particular sjbe locations and the estuary system as a whole and the importance of keeping these areas trash free.
AD-4.2 Organize aquatic debris clean-up events at suggested sjbe sites. Encourage and support local groups of volunteers with their own independently organized clean-ups at sjbe locations.

Date Created 16 Feb 2006

Last Update 31 July 2017

Attachment TS_AD4.pdf