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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.

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For more than 20 years, the San Juan Bay National Estuary Program has been an icon of innovation and commitment for the environmental restoration of this important watershed through the integration and engagement of its citizens, with a special sensibility to environmental justice communities as the Program works to fulfill the actions contained in its Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP).

Last year, those attributes were challenged by the impact of two natural disasters in the Caribbean, Hurricanes Irma and María. The San Juan Bay Estuary Program emerged as a driving force and proved its resilience capacity, by immediately assessing damages, identifying communities and ecosystems’ needs, and acting swiftly towards humanitarian relief and ecosystem restoration. In some instances, the Program became the only voice users had for knowing post-disaster water quality conditions across the Estuary.

EPA commends the San Juan Bay Estuary Program for its extraordinary work throughout all these years and encourages its team to continue their great work with the enthusiasm and commitment that have always characterized this essential Program in Puerto Rico.

Carmen Guerrero, Director of the Environmental Protection Caribbean Division of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency

Under our corporate social responsibility program called ‘Leave your Amber Footprint,’ we participated in a wonderful day organized by the San Juan Bay Estuary. Together with volunteers from other companies, we planted various types of mangroves and sea grape to reforest the Condado Lagoon. Estuary staff watched over every detail during the event; from everybody’s safety, to educational talks, to activities for the little ones and especially, that we had a good time.
This experience was very enriching for everybody, because after the hard and fun task of reforestation, we conducted a valuable introspection about the importance of taking care of our natural resources because each of our actions directly affect our environment.
It is our responsibility!

José Ordeix Llabaly, Vice President Motorambar

I have been a volunteer of the Estuary Program since I was 10 years old. Since very young, I grew up with the beautiful view of Blasina Lagoon from my room. However, sometimes I could perceive unpleasant odors coming from the lagoon and sometimes I noticed dead bodies on the banks. At only 10 years old, the Estuary gave me all the necessary tools to start a water quality monitoring project in the lagoon to be able to educate the members of the community. This experience motivated me to study Environmental Engineering and dedicate my life to the protection and conservation of Puerto Rico’s natural resources. I am currently certified as a Training Engineer and I work in one of the largest engineering firms taking water samples.

Laura Roldán

My relationship with the Estuary Program began in its own foundation when I was part of the original group that helped to develop its identity and the first efforts that began in the early 90’s. Then we disconnected because of a change in my career and now we’re re-connecting again with more strength, supporting the program from various perspectives and as a facilitator.
The Estuary Program’s contribution to Puerto Rico’s northern ecosystems is of vital importance in trying to recover a balance with nature, something that is not achieved overnight, much less in a single generation. This group of people committed to the environment have managed, through example and education, to replicate their model in hundreds of young people and adults who today are active protectors of the environment in the Estuary area and who have become custodians of the bodies of water.
They have my unconditional support for physical work in their initiatives and to support their educational efforts.

Salvador Hasbún, President of El Vocero

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The Estuary has an expert staff that works day after day. In addition, the entity has a Board, a management conference and three active committees that meet several times a year.

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Brenda Torres Barreto

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Dr. Jorge Bauzá-Ortega

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Eliezer Nieves

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