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GI-2 CREATE A PILOT PROJECT FOR REVERSING THE CHANNELIZATION BY CONCRETE OF A SEGMENT OF A RIVER, CREEK OR FRESHWATER TRIBUTARY WITHIN THE SJBE

 

Update 2017: We have already exceeded the number of workshops we proposed in our work plan regarding educating and raising awareness about the Caño Marín Peña. Students near the Caño Martín Peña have participated in these workshops. We evaluated and tabulated a questionnaire to assess how much of the given information were retained by students. From this evaluation, we found that around 90% of students gained knowledge after participating in the workshop. The total of citizens impacted: 136 students and 8 teachers and adults.

 

 

2.1 Take an inventory of the largest-scale channelizations in the SJBE watershed, based on length and size. The inventory will consider including factors such as the characterization of the type of channelization, distinguishing channelizations with concrete on only the banks from those completely cased in concrete, including the bed. The inventory will be represented on a map that will allow one to determine the total length of channelizations in the watershed. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), USACE, municipalities, PRDNER, Conservation Trust, and other participating community organizations

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

2.2 Provide information to the general public, government agency personnel, and elected officials on the negative impacts from channelizations on bodies of water. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), USACE, municipalities, PRDNER, Conservation Trust, and other participating community organizations

 

Implementation: Short-term

 

2.3 Consider implementing a pilot project to reverse the channelization of Juan Méndez Creek—one of the most negatively impacted waterways in the SJBE watershed—in order to restore the creek bank’s interaction with the water. This should include removal of the concrete that has broken off from the walls of the channel and replacing it with plantings of native plants to mitigate erosion and filter pollutants. Participants in implementation: SJBEP (principal), USACE, Conservation Trust, and other participating community organizations

 

Implementation: Medium-term