A Pilot Project for Watershed Planning in Puerto Rico.
The primary purpose of this report is to outline a comprehensive set of actions and an overall management strategy for improving and protecting the Guánica Bay watershed from nonpoint sources of pollution derived from land use alterations, and residential, commercial and agricultural uses. This watershed plan is intended to identify a set of key recommendations, specific partners and next steps towards implementation. This effort is not intended to provide hydrologic analyses, pollutant load reduction estimates, or engineering design concepts to address site-specific drainage issues. Rather, recommendations presented here address land-use and land-use change, nutrient and sediment runoff, sewage treatment, streambank stabilization, buffer improvements, and improved sediment and erosion control.
The secondary purpose of this project is to pilot a methodology for assessment and planning appropriate for local agencies to apply in other watersheds throughout Puerto Rico. NOAA and DRNA will use the project to evaluate the level of effort required to develop a relatively comprehensive watershed management plan based on existing studies, limited field observations, and informal meetings with local residents, scientists, farmers, developers, and agency staff.
This watershed plan represents the culmination of the initial watershed planning process in Culebra–the goal of the watershed plan is to help chart a course for the improvement of water quality and coral reefs and to serve the goals of the citizens of Culebra. The process to complete the Plan has included:1) a baseline study that summarizes existing scientific information and background on the study area (integrated into this report); 2) a stakeholder process that has included meetings with individuals, agencies and a series of meetings with the public to establish goals and objectives for the watershed plan; 3) fieldwork to establish water quality and coral reef conditions as well as the sources of pollution coming from the land; 4) identification and prioritization of restoration opportunities including policy changes, implementation projects and enforcement issues; and 5) completion of a draft and final watershed plan.
Cabo Rojo Community Watershed Action Plan for Water Quality and Coral Reefs (click here to read plan)
This watershed plan represents the culmination of the watershed planning process in Cabo Rojo –the goal of the watershed plan is to help chart a course for the improvement of water quality and coral reefs and to serve the goals of the citizens of the Cabo Rojo/Guanajibo watersheds including protecting public health, safe and healthy beaches and natural resources which serve to support the local economy.
An interactive map including NOAA's habitat layers, NOAA's 3ft sea level estimates, as well as all our data, our restoration concepts, and subwatershed layers (Click here to see the Cabo Rojo Interactive Map).
Other Reports and Publications
These maps represent working project maps as well as the completed watershed plan map for Cabo Rojo. The maps enable the user to toggle layers of interest on and off and also view associated data by clicking on specific points. Meta data and more details on the layers can be provided upon request.