|Action||Establish Management Measures Within the SJBE System for the Land Crab Cardisoma guanhumi|
|Update||Update April 2011: The SJBEP an educational exhibit on the Cardisoma Guanhumi in the area known as the Dones Park in the San José Lagoon.
Update January 2010: The doctoral student Yogani Govender, of the Biology Department of the University of Puerto Rico is in the final stages of writing his thesis for a management plan for the species Cardisoma guanhumi. The essay "Techniques of Rapid Assessment of Population Density and Body Size of the Land Crab Cardisoma guanhumi" can be found in our publication “Tropical Estuaries”
Previous update: Although this action has been implemented, the SJBEP continues to work with academia and government agencies on ongoing issues. Graduate students are currently working on a land crab study comparison between SJBE and Jobos Bay estuary. The program provides the students with technical assistance, as well as materials and research space.
|HW-9.1||Identify alternatives for management measures for land crabs in the sjbe system.|
|HW-9.2||Implement selected management measures.|
|HW-9.3||Post signs in land crab reserve and non-reserve areas to educate crabbers and the general public about crabbing prohibitions and/or regulations and the fines for violations.|
|Date Created||03 Mar 2006|
|Last Update||14 Apr 2011|
|Action||Develop and promote low-impact recreational activities within selected areas of the SJBE.|
Update March, 2012: The SJBEP continues sponsoring low-impact recreational activities in selected areas of the SJBE. Activities range from boat and kayak rides in the Condado Lagoon, to our bimonthly screenings of our Estuary Films project. Also, in April, 2011, the SJBE hosted an educational bicycle tour from Jaime Benítez Park in the Condado Lagoon to the San Juan Bay in Old San Juan.
So far the SJBEP has revised Cantera’s ecotouristic project , which includes a boardwalk, a restaurant, a pier, boat rides, a tower of observation and an educational exhibit designed by the SJBEP. We have discussed the project with the community leaders of Cantera and its residents, and with the United States’ Corp of Engineers.
Moreover, the SJBEP has assisted San Juan’s Municipality in the transformation of the Adolfo Dones Park from a recreational park to an eco-touristic one. Not only did we visit the construction site, we also examined and commented the Environmental Assessment (DIA) document.
This particular initiative, which will include an observation tower and a pier, has been assigned $40,000 by our program to be added to the $250,000 invested by the San Juan Municipality. The park is still under construction.
Also, the SJBEP’s Executive Director and its Cientific Advissor revised and commented the Environmental Assessment Document for the “Frente porturario de Guaynabo” (Guaynabo’s Waterfront Harbor) project in the municipality of Guaynabo. The project includes an aquarium, a board walk and a restaurant.
In addition, the SJBEP collaborated with the development of the Centro de Educación de Humedales (Center the Education of Wetlands) in the community of Juana Matos, Cataño. The Center receives more than 4,000 visitors every month.
In 2008 the SJBEP collaborated with the Deparment of Natural and Environmental Resourses and the Company of National Parks in the creation of a boat ramp in Isla de Cabras, in the Western Axis of the San Juan Bay Estuary.
We received a proposal for the development of various docks by the “Piñones se integra” Corporation and “Los laguneros” Cooperative, both in Loíza.
The legislator Nuno López approved a grant for the development of a restaurant and a recreational area in the Cooperative in Cantera.
The SJBEP collaborated in the design of the Jaime Benitez Park, by the Condado Lagoon, in order to include more green areas. In total we managed to incorporate a small urban forest of 1.5 acres as part of the park’s design.
Update January 2010: Puerto Rico's National Parks Company inaugurated in 2008 Jaime Benitez Park at the Laguna de Condado with a 6.5MM dollars investment. This park is an alternative for low-impact recreation for the community and visitors. A small business of paddleboats rent was created and the SJBE is developing a public service campaign using sunshades in the paddleboats to increase awareness about the estuary's values and the need for conservation.
|PS-1.1||Identify, evaluate, and enhance existing recreational facilities located within the sjbe to promote ecotourism, low-impact activities, and recreational uses of the resources. Ecologically sensitive areas not compatible with recreational uses will be identified at this stage. Suggested sites include Parque de la Esperanza, Isla de Cabra, Piñones State Forest, San Juan Bay Waterfront, Condado Lagoon, and La Torrecilla Lagoon.|
|PS-1.2||Survey and identify appropriate areas for the development of new recreational facilities to serve various or specific passive and low-impact recreational uses. Ecologically sensitive areas not compatible with recreational uses will be identified at this stage. Suggested areas for potential development include the San José Lagoon Waterfront, Guachinanga Island, Martín Peña Channel, Cataño-Guaynabo Waterfront, Suárez Canal, San Juan Bay Waterfront, Las Cucharillas Marsh, Vacía Talega ? Torrecilla Alta Area, and SJBE tributaries.|
|PS-1.3||Design and develop recreational facilities for low-impact and nature-oriented activities within selected sites of the sjbe. Suggested recreational facilities include waterfront linear parks, mangrove fringing boardwalks, docks, interpretative trails, fishing facilities, visitor centers, bike trails, and birdwatching towers.|
|PS-1.4||Build businesses based on recreation-oriented activities, such as bicycle, kayak, and sailboat rentals and sightseeing boat tours.|
|PS-1.5||Promote the use of existing facilities and low-impact recreational activities in accordance with each site?s potential. Suggested activities include bird watching, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, fishing, sailing, swimming, snorkeling, and sightseeing by boat.|
|Date Created||02 Mar 2006|
|Last Update||13 March 2012|
|Action||Establish a program to provide citizens with effective and organized volunteer opportunities to support the SJBEP restoration projects|
Update March, 2012: We have a database of over 1,200 volunteers who participate in all of our activities around the SJBE’s watershed.
Through community meetings and citizen requests, the SJBEP has managed to identify the following areas ideal for our monitoring and restoration projects: the Cucharillas marsh, La Esperanza Park, La Esperanza Islet, Bay View Waterfront in Cataño, Isla de Cabras, the Condado Lagoon, Capetillo, Piñones, the San José Lagoon, among others.
Currently the SJBEP has an ongoing Water Quality Monitoring Program, coordinated by Ernesto Olivares, which runs, partly, on voluntary effort. Also we have identified a series of initiatives that depend mainly on voluntary effort such as:
Our Water Quality Monitoring Program is a top priority for the SJBEP, since almost no other entity in Puerto Rico monitors water quality parameters as thoroughly as we do. It is worth noting that ours is the only program within the National Estuary Programs that provides official data to the Government.
Since 2008 up to date, the SJBEP has carried out 4 or 5 cleanup activities every year, including our annual clean-up activity in La Esperanza Islet. Over the past 4 years more than 6,000 citizens have collaborated in our clean-up, planting, and water monitoring activities. The SJBEP has continued carrying out planting events in places such as Las Cucharillas Marsh, Islet and Park of La Esperanza, the Caimito Chiclana riparian area, Piñone’s State Forest and dune area. In 2009 we carried out a reforestation campaign targeting Cobana Negra, one of the Island’s endemic species. The SJBEP carried out a public service campaign that consisted of labeling rainwater systems. Also we took part in the World’s Water Quality Monitoring Day. In addition the SJBEP collaborated in the International Coastal Clean-Up. We provided volunteers with trash bags, gloves and other materials for the clean up.
In each of the SJBEP’s public service campaigns we promote our volunteering program. Furthermore, every one of our educational exhibits refers to the SJBEP’s web page, where visitors can inscribe themselves in our volunteer database.
It is worth noting that during the couple last years we have witnessed an increase in volunteers due to the reinforcing of our presence in educational fairs, environmental initiatives and school conferences, offered by different members of our staff.
Also, we have strengthened our volunteer database through a series of monitoring and restoration activities such as the World’s Water Monitoring Day, the implementation of the Estuary Guardian’s (over 600 students have participated in its program since its inception in 2008), our collaborative agreements and internships with local Universities like the University of Puerto Rico and Sagrado Corazón, among others.
In 2008, and later in 2011, the SJBEP conducted a profile of our volunteers.
Training: Volunteers participating in our restoration initiatives continue to receive hands-on training on appropriate planting procedures, not only for mangrove but also for the native trees restoration initiatives. The protocols of the International Cleanup Organization are applied in all of our cleanup activities. Specialized training for monitoring is provided to the leaders and teachers of the Estuary’s Guardian program and to volunteers of our monthly water quality monitoring activities, including the World’s Water Monitoring Day, and internships in the area of water monitoring and environmental education. Our program has exchanged its knowledge of restoration with communities such as Corredor del Yaguazo in Juana Matos, and Capetillo’s Urban Forest and Orchard (Huerto, vivero, y bosque urbano de Capetillo). Also, our bird census training is performed every year for volunteers.
In 2006, the SJBEP created the Corps of Volunteers; an Ad hoc committee that allows interested individuals to participate as volunteers in specific environmental activities in an organized manner. Up to this point, the SJBEP counts on more than 500 volunteers.
|PS-3.1||Identify potential restoration and monitoring projects within the sjbe where volunteer participation would be effective|
|PS-3.2||Coordinate volunteer activities with sponsoring agencies or communities.|
|PS-3.3||Promote volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers at schools, universities, environmental groups, clubs, associations, and communities.|
|PS-3.4||Train and match volunteers with hands-on activities around the SJBE.|
|Date Created||02 Mar 2006|
|Last Update||09 Mar 2012|
|Action||Post educational and interpretive signs at highly visible, heavy traffic areas throughout the sjbe watershed to educate the public on the system?s components, functions and values|
Update March, 2012: The SJBEP continues identifying and posting temporary and permanent interpretative signs in strategic sites along the SJBE watershed. Through meetings held with the communities of the Estuary, the SJBEP has managed to identify several locations of the Estuary that are visually exposed and frequently visited by the public. These sites include the Cucharillas Marsh in Cataño, the Montehiedra Ave. in Caimito, the San Juan Bay area, the new Puente Dos Hermanos, some locations in Santurce, the Condado Lagoon, and the Baldorioty Ave. in San Juan.
Several educational exhibits have been designed and customized for different areas of the SJBE. Following is a list that encompasses all of the major exhibits developed by the SJBEP:
Every single one of the educational exhibits described in PI 2.2 has been installed, except the one in Dos Hermanos Bridge, Martí Coll and the Aqua Expreso.
Some of our educational exhibits including those in Jaime Benitez Park, San Juan’s Eco-Touristic Park, Condado Beach, Cucharilla’s marsh, and Martí Coll Lineal Park have been used by our outreach coordinator in guided tours and talks. The mesh on our tax return campaign was complemented by a public service campaign in the local media (January 2011). Televised and newspaper media has covered the SJBEP’s educational exhibits at its press conferences.
Update January 2010: The SJBEP installed educational displays in the following areas during 2007-2009: Paseo Lineal Enrique Marti Coll (general information on SJBE); Adolfo Dones Park (guanhumi Cardisoma species); Jaime Benitez Condado Lagoon Park (on the red mangrove planting project), linear walking area at the Baldorioty de Castro Avenue (on fish and corals); and the sandy beach of the Condado Lagoon near Conrad Codado Plaza Hotel (sidewalk coral reefs).
|PS-2.1||Identify areas where SJBE tributaries and waterbodies are visually exposed and frequented by the public|
|PS-2.2||Design and produce educational and informational signs which identify components of the sjbe system, highlight the functions and values of the system, and encourage conservation. Signs should differ in content according to the specific characteristics of each particular area.|
|PS-2.3||Install sings at selected sites and provide maintenance or replacement as required.|
|PS-2.4||Publicize the presence of the signs and promote their use as educational resources and as supplements to recreational and ecotourism activities.|
|Date Created||02 Mar 2006|
|Last Update||2 March 2012|
|Action||Develop a Long-Term Public Education and Outreach Program|
Update March, 2012: The SJBEP has produced a broad collection of educational material including Corredor del Yaguazo’s coloring book, a State of the Estuary Report, presentations targeting our water quality campaigns. We also commissioned the film “Estuary’s Guardians”, and a DVD explaining how to plant mangroves and one on the Program’s artificial reef initiative. Also we refurbished our Internet page.
- State of the Estuary Report
- Generated 7 editions of News Letters (Wetlands, Estuary's watershed, bird, among others)
- A series of educational sleeves in full color
- A "Who we are? brochue presenting the SJBE and our Program
- An SJBEP Coloring Book
- Arrecifes Pro-ciudad Colring Book
- We published an important study on the Cardisoma gunuhmi in the "Tropical Estuaries"Journal.
- Educational module for kids from 4 to 6 years of age presenting the SJBE, in coordination with the University of Sagrado Corazón.
This is one of the most important actions in the CCMP. The SJBEP handles education and outreach efforts on a daily basis. All the members of the Program?s Staff participate in this effort, which has proven to be very useful for students and general community members. Although the SJBEP has good and effective educational materials, we are engaged in the development of additional materials and strategies to better educate the general public.
|PI-4.1||Evaluate and distribute existing educational and informational materials and develop new resources to fully address the interests of the SJBE?s various user groups.|
|PI-4.2||Continue educational activities such as presentations and talks and participation in exhibitions, conferences, and special events related to the SJBE.|
|PI-4.3||Develop other educational projects tailored to meet specific needs of targeted audiences, including community environmental and sustainable development projects as well as environmental education workshops for industry, businesses, communities, and special interest groups.|
|PI-4.4||Develop educational activities for public participation.|
|Date Created||02 Mar 2006|
|Last Update||09 Mar 2012|