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GI-1 CREATE A MASTER PLAN FOR GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE SJBE WATERSHED AND DEVELOP PILOT PROJECTS FOR RAIN GARDENS, GREEN ROOFTOPS, AND DUNES

 

Update 2017: Even tough GI-1 was not created just yet, the SJBEP started a restoration of dunes in 2015. The SJBEP selected the beach at the Vacía Talega- Piñones in Loiza. The results of this restoration process was excelent. The survival rate of 100% of 30 sea grape trees and 93% for beach morning glory tree were noticed. By June 2016, the SJBEP went to the area to analyze the beach profile, and found that there was an increase in the width of beach. On January 2017, we completed the permitting process by requesting a DRNA Scientific Activity Authorization permit for the collection of the Spartina. A total of 50 Spartina bundles were collected in Piñones beaches in zones where they were abundant and where the numbers collected don't add up to 10% of the entire population at the collection site. In April 2017, 68 students from pre-kinder to third grade of the Emiliano Figueroa Public School in Piñones participated in the preparation of the Spartina planting units. A total of 144 planting unit were completed.The next day, 17 students from four to six grade performed the planting of the 144 Spartina units in Aviones Beach. On May 2017, the SJBEP with Paco López, evaluated potential planting site. However, following Paco recommendations at on-site observation, we decided to modify the events by probably moving firsts the accumulated sands in front of the condo fences and creating and stabilizing it as new fore-dune before planting with Spartina. We submitted through the Caño Martín Peña Land Trust for a US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Environmental Justice grant for rainwater harvesting strategies. As a result of the Storm Water Collection System Conceptual Design for Buena Vista Santurce, rainwater harvesting was identified as a viable and favorable element to mitigate impact of floodwater during rain events. 

 

 

1.1 Create a green infrastructure internship or position to coordinate this action’s strategies and others in the GI category. Participants in implementation: PEBSJ (principal)

 

Implementation: Short-term

 

1.2 Create a geo-referenced database on proposed and existing green infrastructure in the SJBE watershed, including the data on green areas gathered in Action HW-21 “Prepare an inventory on green areas”, laws, topographic maps, survey maps, aerial photographs, satellite images, and vegetation cover maps. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), UPR-RP Graduate School of Planning, Institute of Tropical Forestry, PRDNER, Planning Board

 

Implementation: Short-term

 

1.3 Using information in Strategy 1.2, identify existing green infrastructure and areas of opportunity for expansion and improvement of this infrastructure. Participants in implementation: PSJBEP (principal), UPR-RP Graduate School of Planning, Institute of Tropical Forestry, PRDNER, Planning Board

 

Implementation: Short-term

 

1.4 Organize a collaboration of interested parties to design a Green Infrastructure Master Plan in the SJBE watershed. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), Planning Board, municipalities in the SJBE watershed, PRDNER, PREQB, Department of Transportation and Public Works (PRDTPW), Institute of Tropical Forestry, community and environmental organizations, organizations of professionals in the construction industry.

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

1.5 Perform an economic analysis to identify mechanisms at the municipal, state, and federal level for public and private financing of green infrastructure projects in the SJBE watershed. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), Office of Management and Budget (PR-OMB), Permits Office (OGPE, for its initials in Spanish), Planning Board, universities

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

1.6 Establish strategic alliance with professional groups that can promote implementation of green infrastructure projects in the SJBE watershed. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), College of Architects and Landscape Architects, College of Engineers and Surveyors, Home Builders Association, General Contractors Association, Renewable Energy Consultants and Contractors Association, and U.S. Green Building Council/Caribbean Chapter (USGBC-CC)

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

1.7 Promote development of a pilot project for a demonstration green roof on some building in the watershed, to be used for educational activities and future research. This green roof should include use of fertilizers and pest control materials with the least possible impact on water quality in the rainwater runoff that might reach bodies of water in the SJBE system. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), College of Architects and Landscape Architects, College of Engineers and Surveyors, USGBC-CC, Home Builders Association, General Contractors Association, and Permits Office

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

1.8 Promote construction of a demonstration rain garden in a place of high visibility and document it with photographs and video to use as an educational resource. Participantes en la Implemenntación: SJBEP (principal), EPA, College of Architects and Landscape Architects, College of Engineers and Surveyors

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

1.9 Create a dunes restoration pilot project. Participants in implementation: SJBEP, DNER, and USFWS

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

1.10 Increase the amount of green coverage in the SJBE’s watershed, and study the possibility of using impervious surfaces as an ecosystem health indicator. Participants in implementation: SJBEP, EPA, DNER, and USFWS

 

Implementation: Short-term