Help us achieve our mission!
How to contribute economically to complete actions of the Estuary Management Plan?
All citizens can make donations for the restoration, through the Corporation for the Conservation of the San Juan Bay Estuary. These donations can be used for the federal funds matching in order to complete the actions in our Management Plan.
Not all the actions of our Management Plan are expensive. We have simple projects to plant red mangrove, educational initiatives, cleaning among others.
First environmental license plate honoring the manatee
The creation of the first environmental license is possible thanks to Article 3 of Act 48 of July 31, 2009, which creates the Special Fund for the San Juan Bay Estuary. This law provided that the Department of Transportation and Public Works — in collaboration with the Corporation for the Conservation of the San Juan Bay Estuary — develop a special license plate dedicated to this important natural resource.
Now your car can exhibit Puerto Rico’s first environmental license place: featuring the San Juan Bay Estuary. This was created in honor of the Antillean manatee, and highlights the friendly mammal in danger of extinction, along with marine flora and fauna.
How to get the environmental license plate
It’s very easy. Visit a Treasury Department collections office and purchase:
- A $10 voucher under the #2010 code, and
- A $20 voucher under the #4442 code.
Deliver them to one of the 13 Driver Services Centers (CESCO, as they’re known by their initials in Spanish) that have a Motor Vehicles Division located in the following towns:
Hand in the vouchers and request the license plate. Of that total, the Corporation for the Conservation of the Estuary will receive $20.
Get your license plate today. Not only will you help protect the environment, but you will also contribute to the island’s economy. Also, your car will have a pretty and different license plate.
How will those funds be used?
The funds will be used for key Estuary environmental restoration projects. This ecosystem is fundamental for the economic development of all of Puerto Rico, and for the island’s food security. This is due to the fact that a large part of the commercial exchange is carried out through the San Juan Bay, where 90% of the food consumed on the island enters.
We can preserve the Estuary with a portion of your tax refund.
The San Juan Bay Estuary Program asks taxpayers to contribute part of their tax refund from this year’s returns. It will serve to conserve this ecosystem that is crucial for all of Puerto Rico, and protect endangered species such as the “tinglar” and the Antillean manatee. Imagine, with a donation of just $2, we can buy a tree to plant. Every penny counts!
The donation of part of the refund is possible thanks to Act 48 of 2009. It incorporated a special box in the forms, called the “Contribution to the Special San Juan Bay Estuary Fund.” The box appears in the forms on line 1B of the 2013 Unique Form.
EVERY PENNY COUNTS
The money will also serve for an urban planning project to create a wildlife corridor. The buildings in ruins on Ponce de León Avenue will have murals alluding to environmental issues. Its purpose is to educate the population about the urgency of conserving the Estuary. These structures will become gardens, to increase biodiversity and produce food.
The PEBSJ, a nonprofit organization, uses the motto “every penny counts” to raise awareness that contributions such as $2 can cover the cost of trees like the red mangrove. They clean the air, serve as a home for birds and protect the coastal infrastructure during hurricanes and the menacing rise in sea level.