Tracking System

WS-19 - In progress

WS-19 DOCUMENT THE LOCATION AND LENGTH OF THE FRESHWATER TRIBUTARIES IN THE WATERSHED OF THE SAN JUAN BAY ESTUARY, WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE RÍO PIEDRAS, JUAN MÉNDEZ CREEK AND SAN ANTÓN CREEK AND THEIR TRIBUTARIES

 

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

 

19.1 Do a historical review of the hydrographic databases available for the SJBE drainage basin and compare, with a GIS, the differences between them. This will allow determination of the level of impact urban sprawl has had/ is having on the on the SJBE watershed. Participants in implementation: USGS (principal), Planning Board, PRDNER, and other participating bodies

 

Implementation: Short-term

 

19.2 Develop a pilot study on Order 1 streams in the SJBE watershed in order to define their hydrological regime. This study will allow development of a spatial model that will allow us to extrapolate the results of the pilot study for other sub-basins within the SJBE drainage basin. Participants in implementation: USGS (principal), University of Puerto Rico, PRDNER, and other participating community organizations

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

19.3 Generate an updated map of the rivers and streams of the watershed. This map should redefine the concepts of permanent and intermittent streams and rivers used for USGS maps on the base of the result of the flow frequency study to be carried out. In addition, it should incorporate the PRDNER’s efforts to define the concept “stream/creek.” The new map of the SJBE watershed should be compatible with the geographic information systems available commercially. It should also be included in the Estuary’s WebAtlas that started being created in 2013. Participants in implementation: USGS (principal), PRDNER, Planning Board, and other participating community organizations

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

19.4 Do an analysis of land use compatibility in areas in the SJBE watershed where there are Order 1 streams. This analysis will lay the foundation for a land use plan for the SJBE watershed compatible with the SJBEP’s restoration objectives. Participants in implementation: USGS or USFS-IITF (principal), PRDNER, Planning Board, and other participating community organizations

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

19.5 Begin a pilot project for water quality monitoring and pollution prevention on one of the freshwater tributaries of the SJBE, preferably the Río Piedras or one of its effluents. Participants in implementation: Solid Waste Authority/Solid Waste Program and PREQB (principals), SJBEP, PRDNER, Planning Board, and other participating community organizations

 

Implementation: Medium-term