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Reduction and control of sediment-laden runoff near critical coral reef ecosystems through the implementation of BMPs in Culebra, Puerto Rico
  • Published Date:
    2016
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Reduction and control of sediment-laden runoff near critical coral reef ecosystems through the implementation of BMPs in Culebra, Puerto Rico
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Protectores de Cuencas ; Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.) ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service,
  • Funding:
    Funding: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, National Marine Fisheries Service; project number: 411;
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  • Description:
    "Efforts to support and implement the Culebra Community Watershed Action Plan for Coral Reefs and Water Quality has led to unprecedented collaborations between the Municipality of Culebra, the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), local organizations and the community in general. Observing the need to address chronic sediment laden runoff at critical sites in Culebra, two additional projects were carried out from July, 2015 to March 2016; one at Tamarindo Beach and the other at the south of Ensenada Honda near Fulladosa Bay ... These projects represent major sediment and stormwater runoff control practices on unpaved road systems impacting Culebra s coastal and marine resources. The Fulladosa site represents a location draining to Ensenada Honda, a bay recognized as critical habitat due to prevalence and abundance of seagrass beds and coral reefs. At this site there is an increasing sediment plume that is severely impacting seagrass communities. Further, the Tamarindo site, is a project focusing on the restoration needs in the upper and final portion of the road leading to Tamarindo Beach. In this portion of the road, passenger vehicle and service providers have created a new dirt turnaround, increasing the exposed area. This exposed area, in addition to a poorly managed runoff, represents a major sediment source that is impacting critical coral reef habitats and for the coral farms project near Bahia Tamarindo. The goals of these projects were to address runoff from the adjacent roads and bare soil areas prior to being discharged to the marine environment. These efforts had the endorsements of the Municipality of Culebra, the Conservation and Development Authority of Culebra (ACDEC) and the support of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), as well as from the local community. Furthermore, the Municipality of Culebra agreed to provide long term maintenance to the stabilized roads"--Introduction.

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