Federal Collaboration Plans Field Activities to Assess Impacts of Agriculture on Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in collaboration with multiple partners are working with the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural best management practices in reducing the input of chemicals, such as pesticides and nutrients, to the Reserve. Project partners include the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-ARS), U.S. Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Puerto Rican Land Authority. Researchers from NCCOS and USDA-ARS met with local scientists in Aguirre, Puerto Rico from September 18-20 to finalize sampling logistics including selecting sampling sites both in the Reserve and in the watershed. Field work for this effort will begin in early FY08.