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Ecological Characterization to Improve Management of Land-based Sources of Pollution in Puerto Rico

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, in cooperation with the Coral Reef Conservation Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has published a report that characterizes potential land-based sources of pollution to a coral reef ecosystem at a NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve to mitigate their effects. Characterizing Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico: A Watershed Modeling Analysis and Monitoring Plan provides an initial screening of areas on the landscape that may exert the greatest stress on the coral reef ecosystem from sedimentation and pollution. In addition, the report includes a description of the monitoring efforts being conducted by NOAA and local NERRS staff in the estuary. The publication is a component of a larger cooperative project with USDA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Puerto Rico Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales to assess the effectiveness of agricultural best management practices in the watershed. The report is available online at http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/ceap/, and hard copies are available upon request.

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