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Pescadores De Playa Santa

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Mud and Silt Pollute the Water at Playa Santa.....ongoing; awareness is helping to correct the problem!

Mud and Silt at Playa Santa Caused By Sewer Construction 2010.02.17

The water at Playa Santa is being polluted with silt and mud runoff from construction.  Silt and turbidity are a major killer of coral.  Beginning at Playa Santa and going west are the largest collection of healthy reefs in Puerto Rico.  Construction and debris from Playa Santa, if not handled with special care, will negatively impact these reefs.

At issue; there are absolutely no steps being taken to prevent silt and mud from finding its way to the sea.  The silt intrusion and total neglect of controlling it has been ongoing for years.  Millions are spent on “studies” yet damage continues with impunity.  A simple “stop doing that, it’s illegal” from authority is all it would really take.  The laws are in place.

In the slide-show you can see the water from the entire parking area and part of the main road drain directly into the beach waters.  When you swim in the bay, you might as well be rolling in the street gutter.  Take a gulp of sea water while diving in, you might as well be licking that gutter too.  All the residual silt and mud from this construction will find its way to the bay, to be churned into turbidity at every change of surf condition.  Ignoring this is so senseless.

Muddy Water

Muddy water at Playa Santa

In the “Contrasting Water” slide show you can see the effect of mud infiltrating the bay.  It is a no-brainer what is happening to the living coral.

Same Day Looking East

Same Day Looking East on the Other Side of Playa Santa

Last year a strip of forest was cut and bulldozed in the middle of the night.  The local community, appalled, asked to re-plant the area to stabilize it, with native plants, and was met with a resounding “don’t go near the stripped land, it is a crime scene!”  Silt continues to wash from the stripped banks, which now includes silt from the sewer contractor.

The street street that leads to the deforested strip of coast has not been stabilized in 6 weeks!  Still raw soil trench fill that continues to produce mud.  The condition is exasperated by the contractor spraying water to keep the dust down….why not just finish up the street, clean it once and for all and stabilize the excavation with temporary asphalt.  Minimize the silt flow.  But that is just it, no one of authority seems to understand the damage being done; worse, plans, inspections and enforcement are being taken lightly.  Deviate and save as much as we can, they will get over the damage, and no one will touch us…that is what it seems like.

See the Slide-Show HERE Showing the Effects of Pumping Mud into the Bay While Installing Sewers.

See the Contrasting Water from Another Incident
Coastal Deforestation 2009 at Playa Santa – In Court, No Resolution, Silt Continues to Wash to Sea.
The Effect of Abandoning Opened Streets for Weeks on End
The Effect of Parking Lot Erosion
Lack of Erosion and Runoff Control at the Round Tower.
100% Lot Coverage With Concrete-No Retention
Another Federal Project Ignoring Silt Control

Guánica Will Miss Madeleine Cancel!

Madeleine Cancel 1949 - 2010

Madeleine Cancel passed away Christmas Eve, 2010.

Madeleine dedicated her life to protecting the sea.  Her company,  Camared,  taught generations a special love of this planet.     Visit the Camared website.

I first met Madeleine at a water clean-up day in Guaypao, 2008.  Having heard so much about her I walked over to introduce myself.  She would not put down her rake, kept working, and said “Hi, I can work and talk at the same time, nice to meet you.”  She was a special person to us from that moment on.      See the album of that day.

You had to be there at the Guánica malecon  for Madeleine’s Global Clean Water Day, 2009, to feel the passion of so many people she had brought together, all with a love of life.      See the album of that day.

One of her last organized events was a cleanup of Las Pardas.  The volumes of trash her volunteers picked up was measured in tons and truckloads.       See the short story.

Guánica Will Miss Madeleine Cancel!

Reef Riding is Destructive and Illegal! (Not to Mention – Irresponsible)

Reef Riding

It is illegal to Reef Ride

It is an all too common site to see boaters riding the waves over a reef.  It is destructive, irresponsible, and ILLEGAL!  See the boating regulations of Puerto Rico, 150 feet from reef structures and a 5 MPH restriction in the bay.  This is a by chance photo series from February 20, 2010 and one from March  21, 2010.

2010.03.20 The Finest Kielbasa in Sibieria (Guánica That Is!)

Gallito Kielbasa

Import the finest Kielbasa from NYC, import an Irish chef, light the grill in Siberia, Guánica, add some roasted chili peppers, a slice of Irish Soda Bread…WOW…food good enough to bring the cows home.


2010.03.05 Madeleine Does it Again! A Cleaner Guánica!

Las Pardas Cleanup

Las Pardas Cleanup

Madeleine reports that 118 old car tires and  1013 pounds of trash were cleaned from the Las Pardas beach March 5, 2010  The event attracted 20 persons from the Land Administration, 18 from DRNA, 10 from Guánica Public Works, and 15 Volunteers from Camared.  Guánica sent several trucks and equipment to ease the work as well.  She will let the town know about her next cleanup in September 2010.  A job well done!

What size conch can I legally take from the sea in Puerto Rico?

What size conch can I legally take from the sea in Puerto Rico?

What size conch can I legally take from the sea in Puerto Rico?

After a lot of research, we found that the conch must measure 9 inches point to point!  It takes about 3 years to reach that size.  Conch reproduce very well, but the population must be managed.  READ MORE HERE.

This is an excellent PDF book on The Life of a Conch.  PDF BOOK

9" point to point to be legal!

Every case of managed fisheries I have read about, produce more bounty after the regulations are taken seriously.

2010.02.23 Iggy is back....with his family this time...what to do?

2010.02.01 The Iguana Invasion at Playa Santa!

Iggy the Iguana
Iggy the Iguana

We were in our backyard wondering why our red flowering tree had lost so many of its flowers and nearly all its leaves.  Then we saw him! Iggy the iguana, feasting away at our tree.

See This Iguana Feeding in Slow Motion

See The Photo Album of the Iguana

More info about Iguanas:

Iguana eating bougainvillea leaves. (click on triangle to play video)

2010.01.30 Viejo San German Street Fair Fundraiser

Viejo San German Under a Full Moon

Viejo San German Under a Full Moon

2010.01.30 Viejo San German Street Fair fundraiser under a full moon!  Wow.

See the photos HERE.

2010.01.29 Bodegas Andreu Solé at Ensenada, PR

Bodegas Andreu Sole
Bodegas Andreu Solé

What a wonderful place to kick back and listen to the music Fridays and Saturdays!  Indoor bar, outdoor bar with Sangria a specialty.  Absolutely fabulous music and entertainment under the Ylang Ylang tree.

Info on the Ylang Ylang tree: