Highlights for the Week Ending 2.23.2020

Promoting Resilient Communities

Clinton Global Initiative visits La Goyco Resilient Community Hub

We kicked off our week with donors of the Clinton Global Initiative, who visited our Resilient Community Hub La Goyco in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday February 17, 2020. Our visitors were able to experience firsthand many of Taller Comunidad La Goyco’s culturally-driven initiatives, as well as its on-site community orchard and environmentally-conscious practices.

La Goyco is one of Estuario’s Resilient Community Hubs throughout the San Juan Bay Estuary Watershed. These hubs represent the backbone of Estuario’s Mitigation Plan strategy for the watershed’s eight municipalities. This plan aims to ultimately reduce our watershed communities’ vulnerability to natural disasters, through planning and infrastructure that will ultimately serve the health of surrounding bodies of water.

Field Trip Through the Estuary

The Environmental Grantmakers Association visited the San Juan Bay Estuary Watershed as part of their 2020 Winter Briefing. Interested in examples of nature-based solutions to sequester carbon, the group visited the San José Lagoon, where they took a boat ride through Villa de Pescadores. They also visited the Piñones State Forest, where they witnessed the largest mangrove forest in the Island. Finally, they visited Estuario’s Resilient Community Hub of El Ancón in Loíza, which houses a coastal plant nursery and is co-hosted by members of the community.

Signing of Climate Agreement

Estuario joined over 50 communities, NGOs, environmental organizations and academic institutions across the Caribbean and Pacific in the signing of the Climate Strong Islands Declaration, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The declaration, formally signed by governor Lourdes Aflague Leon Guerrero of Guam, aims to shed light on the vulnerabilities the island territories of the US, and calls for widespread action on the creation of more sustainable and resilient communities.

Education Updates

The Education Team at Estuario continued its efforts with students of the watershed, performing the following activities:

  • Workshop with the Inter-Metro Academy at the Estuario Visitor Center, birdwatching trip through Old San Juan and trip through the San Juan Bay; 2.19.2020.
  • Water Quality Monitoring workshop at the Dynamic Learning Center school in Río Piedras, facilitated by our Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator, Harold Manrique; 2.20.2020.
  • Continued oral history project in Capetillo for the development of a community interpretation program; 2.20.2020.
  • Water Quality Monitoring and bacteriological workshop at Caimito Resilient Community Hub for Biology students of the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey, facilitated by our Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator, Harold Manrique; 2.21.2020.
  • Bird observation and reading of Canito, el murciélago pescador at Cooperativa de Vivienda Jardines de San Ignacio’s Socio-Environmental Fair; 2.22.2020.
  • Bird conservation presentation at Caimito’s Haydée Colón monthly Farmer’s Market; 2.23.2020.

Students of the Inter-Metro Academy’s workshop at the Estuario VIsitor Center.

Harold Manrique gives WQM workshop for biology students at Estuario’s Resilient Community Hub in Caimito.

Eliezer nieves reads the children’s book Canito, el murciélago pescador.

Bird conservation workshop at Haydée Colón Farmers Market in Caimito.

Water Quality Monitoring

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Publications & Media Coverage