San Juan Estuary Cleanup Planned for March 16

The exceptional fishery is located just minutes from downtown San Juan, but needs an overhaul.

Volunteers using a flotilla of kayaks and boats will launch a massive clean-up effort Saturday, March 16 of one of the most beautiful bodies of water in Puerto Rico, the San Juan estuary, comprised of a series of lagoons and lakes. The volunteers, comprised of both private citizens and government agencies, will spread over areas under the jurisdiction of the municipalities of Loíza, San Juan and Carolina and will be departing from five different areas. The clean-up will run from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. "This cleanup is a clear example of how citizens and government can work together in pro of the environment," said Israel Umpierre, president of the movement Mega Limpieza del Estuario de la Bahía de San Juan, and founder of the Facebook group Pesca, Playa y Ambiente. "This event will also bring a unique opportunity for citizens to interact with all the species that inhabit the mangroves. At the end, our objective is to create conscience, among citizens and government, about the importance of protecting this unique resource for present a future generations." The event has drawn the support of the media and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF), a leader in international efforts to protect our oceans and marine environments. The clean-up process will be filmed by several television programs, which include, "En Ruta por", "Náutica TV", Univisión, and "Pescando en los Cayos."