Federal and Local Agencies Sign Partnership Agreement to Improve Management of Agricultural Impacts on Coral Reef Ecosystems in Puerto Rico
NCCOS staff recently met with federal partners from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Geological Survey and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as partners from Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural Resources, Sea Grant, and local farm owners to discuss improvements to agriculture management in coastal watersheds to minimize impacts on coral reefs. As part of the Conservation Effects Assessment Project in Jobos Bay, agricultural conservation practices are being evaluated for their effectiveness in mitigating impacts to receiving waterbodies. The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted the event at their office in Salinas, Puerto Rico. Agency representatives made presentations to visiting USDA management, including Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Arlen Lancaster. The event culminated in the signing of a partnership agreement to utilize agency expertise in determining environmental effects of agricultural conservation practices on the coral reef ecosystem of Jobos Bay. For more information, visit http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/ceap/.