Study Establishes Environmental Baseline in Puerto Rico to Support Watershed Restoration
Scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently completed contaminant sampling in and around Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico. As part of a watershed restoration project led by the NOAA Restoration Center, these data contribute to a baseline assessment of the Bay and the adjacent coral reef ecosystem. Restoration activities would seek to reduce the impact of land based sources of pollution on the Bay and on the coral reef ecosystems outside the Bay. Coral and sediment samples will be analyzed for a suite of contaminants including major and trace elements (including heavy metals), selected pesticides, PCBs, PAHs and PBDEs (flame retardants).