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WS-18 - Implemented

WS-18 CONTINUE AND STRENGTHEN THE SJBEP’S MONITORING PROGRAM, INCLUDING ITS PUBLICSCIENCE COMPONENT, PAYING PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE RÍO PIEDRAS, JUAN MÉNDEZ CREEK, SAN ANTÓN CREEK, AND THEIR TRIBUTARIES

 

Update July 31 2017: The SJBEP is engaged in several projects regarding water quality monitoring activities in the estuarine system. Almost all are ongoing activities performed in an annual basis and throughout the year with the active participation of volunteers.

- There was a Community-based septic tanks education initiative at Las Curias communities during 2014-16. The initiative included advice about septic tanks proper operation and maintenance, monitoring and maintenance to rain garden in Las Curias, and a workshop of best management practices. Also, an action plan was developed to manually remove the plant Salvina molesta from the reservoir and prevent contaminated waters.

- Baseline tests for fecal bacteria were conducted during 2014-2015 fiscal year on 6 sites along the southern region of the SJBE watershed (Las Curias Lake and Caimito). All stations sampled exhibited coliform counts over the accepted PR Water Quality Standard Regulation for enterococcus.

- During 2015-16, the Monitoring Coordinator performed water quality tests in selected creeks and rivers (Ausubo, Daña Ana, Las Curías, Chiclana, Juan Mendez 1 y 2).

- Thirty-five (35) weekly monitoring events in the Condado Lagoon were conducted sponsored by Crowley Maritime Corporation. Brief reports containing entrococci bacteria counts were completed in 2015-16. The results indicate that the Condado Lagoon complies with enterococcus standards 80% of the time.

- A time-series analysis was performed with available data for San José and Piñones Lagoon. The analysis shows that both lagoons respond differently to extreme events of rainfall and tidal exchange.

- A macroinvertebrates monitoring guide was developed in July 2014 to promote their use as water quality indicators. Dr. Alonso Ramirez and Dr. Ricardo Colón collaborated in this project. The SJBEP conducted the identification activity on December 4, 2014 at the Chiclana Creek with the participation of 12 volunteers.

- Sampling events were completed in twenty-six  stations as part of the Estuarine Water Quality Volunteer Monitoring Program.

- The 2012 State of the Estuary Report was published on December 2014 with the printing of 1000 copies.

-The Puerto Rico Water Quality Monitoring Day is organized and celebrated in an annual basis. This event is the largest citizen science event of the SJBEP and the only water quality monitoring island wide event. Since 2009, more than 10,000 citizens have participated in the event where hundreds of monitoring stations are visited.

Estuary 360 events took place during 2013-2014 fiscal year. The event cover up to 13 working stations located at key sites throughout the watershed, including water bodies and ecosystems representative of the richness of the Estuary. These events integrated planting and water monitoring events within the upper and lower SJBE watershed and drew a total of 351 volunteers, and received broad media coverage.

 

18.1 Continue the Program for Water Quality Monitoring with Volunteers (PMCAV) following the quality-control protocols established by the Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) as approved by the EPA for this initiative. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), PREQB, EPA, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), PRDNER, and other participating community organizations

 

Implementation: Short-term

 

18.2 Every three to (maximum) four years, repeat the studies on sediments and mojarra and blue crab tissue as indicators for the SJBE. Participants in implementation: SJBEP, University of Puerto Rico, PREQB, EPA, PRDNER, NOAA, volunteers, and community groups

 

Implementation: Short to medium-term

 

18.3 Continue periodic publication of data on the SJBEP website as one of the ways of making the data gathered known to a wide public. Participants in implementation: SJBEP

 

Implementation: Short-term

 

18.4 Publish the report card on bodies of water at least once every two years, and ideally once a year. One alternative is to print the grade on the monitoring points on the map available at estuario.org, so that people might have an immediate idea of the condition of the water in the SJBE system. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), PREQB, EPA, PRDNER, NOAA, volunteers, and community groups

 

Implementation: Short-term

 

18.5 Publish the database of indicators to complement the database already existing on the SJBEP website, so that the general public may have access to the data gathered. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), University of Puerto Rico, PREQB, USGS, PRDNER, and other participating organizations

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

18.6 Continue to publish Report on the Condition of the SJBE and organize conference for making the data public.

 

Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), University of Puerto Rico, PREQB, USGS, PRDNER, and other participating organizations

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

18.7 Continue search for an environmental indicator that will be easier for volunteers to identify. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), University of Puerto Rico, PREQB, USGS, PRDNER, and other participating organizations

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

18.8 Continue educational and volunteer initiatives related to water quality monitoring, such as Guardians of the Estuary and Puerto Rico Water Quality Monitoring Day. These activities can be complemented with participatory mapping exercises (to make clear people’s relationship to their immediate surroundings) and the placement of educational markers in the storm drain system. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), schools, and volunteer program

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

18.9 Present the results of all the strategies included in this action on the Estuary website. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), USGS, Planning Board, Office of Management and Budget, and environmental agencies that have GIS offices

 

Implementation: Short-term

 

18.10 Define quantifiable objectives associated with environmental indicators in order to measure or evaluate environmental improvement. Establish an alliance with the PREQB, which publishes an annual Environmental Report (Law No. 416 of 2014) and can integrate environmental indicators from the SJBEP into its reports. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), Planning Board, Office of Management and Budget, and environmental agencies that have GIS offices

 

Implementation: Long-term