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Environmental Assessment

After hurricane Maria, the San Juan Bay Estuary Program responded to the immediate need for information on water quality, increasing its monitoring frequency from once a month to once a week.

 

The Program also added monitoring in beaches, responding to the imminent risk of citizens unknowingly bathing in highly contaminated waters. The Program will also continue its bird censuses, and marine habitat evaluation in which citizen scientists also play an essential role.

For ten consecutive years, the San Juan Bay Estuary Water Quality Volunteer Monitoring Program has been one of the key projects of our organization. After hurricane Maria, the San Juan Bay Estuary Program responded to the immediate need for information on water quality, increasing its monitoring frequency from once a month to once a week. The Program also added monitoring in beaches, responding to the imminent risk of citizens unknowingly bathing in highly contaminated waters. This special weekly monitoring has a cost of $25,000 per year. The Program will also continue its bird censuses ($5,000), and fish censuses ($15,000), in which citizen scientists also play an essential role. Your donation can support one of these environmental assessment projects, providing key information on the health of the ecosystem.

In the face of increased sanitary discharges and other pollutants into bodies of water at locations all over the watershed, the San Juan Bay Estuary will expand the scope of its monitoring program. By expanding our efforts, the San Juan Bay Estuary Program will include all the major metropolitan area of Puerto Rico in a five-year collaborative effort between EPA-Region 2, PRASA, The San Juan Bay Estuary Corporation, The University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, and all municipalities within the metropolitan zone of Puerto Rico. This metropolitan area-wide water monitoring program will have an estimated total cost over the long term of $800,000. Having such detailed water quality monitoring is essential in measuring the effectiveness of the improvements that will be made to the storm water infrastructure, as well as being able to alert citizens of threats to their health and well-being.

Your donation, however large or small, will help us raise the $50,000 needed to fund this program annually.

 

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