Developing a Watershed Council for the Río Espiritu Santo Watershed in Puerto Rico

Adrianzen et al 2013 (USFS)-2Sponsoring organization: United States Forest Service

Team members: Diego Adrianzen, Samuel Naseef, Alexander Verrelli

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Abstract: The goal of this project was to assist the U.S. Forest Service in the creation of the Río Espiritu Santo Watershed Council to promote the conservation and restoration of the area. We used background research to provide support and inform our research. We collected data through surveys and interviews of watershed council officials and the community of the watershed. Using these data, we created seven deliverables that will serve as recommendations for the council including a Rapid Watershed Assessment, a Restoration and Community Development Assessment, a Google blog, a charter draft, a project poster, a discussion of the “ideal” watershed council, and a final presentation. These deliverables will serve to assist the initial stakeholders in founding the Río Espiritu Santo Watershed Council.