NOAA Scientists Contribute to EPA Decision Making Workshop for Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers participated in a US Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored “Coastal Ecosystems Decision Support Workshop” held on April 27-28th in La Parguera, Puerto Rico. This workshop focused on prioritizing watershed management decisions in Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico. Over the past two years, NCCOS has been conducting baseline assessments in Guanica Bay and the surrounding reefs, where water quality has been degraded. The data collected will be used to inform restoration activities seeking to reduce the impact of land based sources of pollution on these important habitats and the organisms that live there. The workshop brought together a broader range of federal and local partners, as well as stakeholders, including USEPA, PRDNER, USGS, USDA and academic partners.