The Coral Bay Watershed Management Project

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For more than a decade, CBCC has demonstrated its ability to be an effective watershed management agency. CBCC is both a planning and implementation-oriented advocate for environmental protection balanced with economic growth within the community vision in Coral Bay. CBCC does this through partnerships with Virgin Islands government agencies, federal agencies and local businesses and individual volunteers. Why is the watershed management Approach valuable? Check out these benefits: (link)

Since 2008, CBCC has received over eleven grants from federal agencies (EPA, NOAA, USDA), foundations, professional associations, and local agencies, almost all directly related to various components of effective watershed management planning and restoration implementation. CBCC has been regularly recognized by federal agencies for its work and that of its many community volunteers and supporters.

EPA Visit - Watershed Management

EPA visit in March 2015
to review progress on Protecting the Coral Bay Watershed:
(Right to left: Judith Enck, Region 2 Administrator, EPA, Sharon Coldren, CBCC President, and Jose C. Font, Director of EPA’s Caribbean office

CBCC is continuing with numerous projects under the Coral Bay Watershed Management Project umbrella. Most of the projects since 2012 have been planning elements within the scope of describing and implementing the overall watershed management plan for Coral Bay.

Above is a diagram of the planning projects agenda. The Green and Turquoise circles represent our planning work being undertaken currently or recently. The Blue circles are longer-term ongoing planning activities and planning projects CBCC is encouraging in 2016-2017, and as partners and funding sources are secured. The Rose color indicates the ongoing restoration and implementation projects, such as the wetlands park, cleanups, derelict vessel removals and –the most important – the continuing work to stop erosion and sediment runoff in to the bay from poorly constructed roads and other construction and general stormwater runoff. NOAA and EPA have provided grants since 2008 to fund a number of CBCC Watershed Management projects: see EPA – CARE Project  and NOAA-ARRA Project.

Coral Bay Vision for the Future

Watershed Management Plan:
In 2013 and 2014, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Coral Reef Conservation Fund provided funding, along with matching support from the community to produce several elements of the EPA Watershed Plan process for 2014, an update from the 2008 plan. The plan document focused on Turbidity and Floatable Debris in the bay. Main report: link and Complete report with all appendices: link

CBCC sought and received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service program for solid waste and wastewater and water supply planning. These projects fill in two more elements of the planning needs circle diagram in our project’s core plan.
Water Resources and Wastewater Treating Planning
Coral Bay Solid Waste Management Planning

RESTORATION PROJECTS including stormwater management improvements, wetlands restoration, and marine debris removal.

To increase public awareness, a brochure insert has been created with watershed information and suggestions for Coral Bay development. Here it is in .pdf form: Coral Bay Watershed Info

Sedimentation research is being conducted in Coral Bay and other St. John bays led by Dr. Sarah Gray of the University of San Diego. Here are links to two reports on the research: ICRS sediment poster and GrayNOAAreport.pdf.

Storm water runoff – Coral Bay’s worst Problem
Photos taken by CBCC members.

Watershed RunoffWatershed Runoff in Coral Bay