Comments on: Challenges and Opportunities in San Juan Bay http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/04/challenges-and-opportunities-in-san-juan-bay/ The EPA Blog Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:15:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: lajm-shqip http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/04/challenges-and-opportunities-in-san-juan-bay/#comment-27904 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:46:41 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=14344#comment-27904 There are many wonderful places out there and it’s a pity when you see the people ruin their beauty. I have been on south of Albania, on the south-west of the Balkan Peninsula, Europe, because there are great and amazing beaches there, but the people didn’t take care of the environment. What a shame.

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By: Steve Moore http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/04/challenges-and-opportunities-in-san-juan-bay/#comment-27903 Fri, 25 May 2012 19:54:43 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=14344#comment-27903 Having just returned from 5 months in Puerto Rico, and planning to return again soon, I can speak directly to some of the issues affecting the lagoon system. I was working as a charter captain, guiding clients fishing for tarpon in Laguna La Torrecilla and Laguna San Jose and would have to bring my clients daily through some of the nastiest, smelly waters I have ever witnessed. These areas have large, 6-foot sewerage outfall pipes pushing thousands of gallons of untreated waste water a day into the lagoon system, while local fishermen wade downstream literally feet away catching fish and crabs for personal and commercial consumption. I was asked time and time again by clients how this could be allowed to happen under the watch of the EPA and the Clean Water Act. I had no answers for them.

I had the absolute pleasure of having Robert M. Nyman, Director New York – New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program Office onboard my boat one night while he was vacationing in the area. I took some extra time to travel around by boat with Mr. Nyman, pointing out some of the source points I have identified as being particularly egregious and he was kind enough to forward my contact information to Yolianne Maclay and Sergio Bosques in hopes that they would contact me. I offered to take anyone from the EPA for a boat ride and point out these same areas so that something can be done. To date, I have heard nothing from anyone other than Mr. Nyman who has continued to follow-up with me. I was recently traveling home and happened to catch a radio interview with Judith Enck during which she stated the EPA’s awareness of some of the issues and the challenges the San Juan area faces. While I appreciated hearing the words, I have never once seen an EPA presence anywhere in the lagoon system and those thousands of gallons of raw sewerage continue to spew into the water on a daily basis. Please let me know what I can do to help make this stop. I continually saw millions of Federal dollars flowing into Puerto Rico on a regular basis in the form of brand new boats for police and law enforcement. More boats than they had manpower to operate all while this human waste continued to flow into the waters. I’d love to get involved any way I can.

Thanks.

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By: wwuniversity http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/04/challenges-and-opportunities-in-san-juan-bay/#comment-27902 Wed, 23 May 2012 11:31:30 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=14344#comment-27902 sometimes people are not aware of what they are doing to the nature ,this does not come from their bad willing but by their ignorance on the special field. And i think this is the situation in San Juan Bay. It is important to try to change this situation and i want to wish good luck to the group that is working on these project, because protecting our environment is the best job in the world

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By: Pedro Cortes http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/04/challenges-and-opportunities-in-san-juan-bay/#comment-27901 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:03:12 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=14344#comment-27901 Being a local person, I know a little better the situation. Our population in the area has been very positively affected by the SJ Bay Estuary Program in terms of gaining knowledge of the environmental issue within their community. Years prior to the SY Bay Estuary Program development, the community lack of knowledge of their acts and how they impacted the environment.

As an example, using the waterway as landfill, the uncontrolled flow of waste water to waterway, no sewers on the area. affected greatly the area for many years. Lack of knowledge created a culture of lack of interest in preventing the contamination. Now, decades after the situation was started, finally community organizations, in agreement with other govermental groups and the creation of the SJ Bay Estuary Program group, will drive the effort in the right direction. Solution is on its way. We have to keep on working hard.

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By: Edgardo Berraz http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/04/challenges-and-opportunities-in-san-juan-bay/#comment-27900 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:26:34 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=14344#comment-27900 It would a complete pity who so beauty place,very near of a populous Pto.Rico haupstadt and therefore so important as a lung for this acumulous of people could be degraded by an incorrect use of water resources or sewage.It’s the more of importance take care by avoided these factors.Good luck for whose working in the project.

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