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Río Antón Ruíz Restoration, PR (1135)

March 2018


FACT SHEET

Río Antón Ruíz Restoration, PR (1135)

Construction (C)

Congressional Districts: Puerto Rico

1. DESCRIPTION

This study is authorized by Section 1135, of the 1990 Water Resources Development Act. Río Antón Ruíz is located in the Municipality of Humacao on the southeast coast of Puerto Rico. The project area includes a brackish lagoon system and forested swamp in the Humacao Natural Reserve (HNR). Six lagoons, encompassing approximately 615 acres (249 hectares), compose the system: Mandri 1, 2 and 3; Santa Teresa 1 and 2; and Palmas. The Mandri Lagoons and the low coastal flood plain serve as detention areas during floods. The coastal communities of Punta Santiago, Verde Mar, and Villa Palmira are the main populated areas within the watershed. As an initial effort to address the salinity problem in the HNR lagoon system, a series of temporary saltwater intrusion measures were developed in the 2001 Río Antón Ruíz Flood Control Project Saltwater Intrusion Measures (SWIM) Report. Two temporary SWIM plugs were installed at the end of March 2007 (Figure 6). After installation of the SWIMs, salinity levels measured at the stations ranged from approximately 0.1 to 7.0 ppt. At the end of 2008, salinity levels increased at most of the stations, and in several monitoring events they exceeded 10 ppt concentrations. The salinity levels are increasing because the sand bags/plugs have deteriorated over time and are allowing saltwater intrusion into the lagoon system. These plugs were temporary until a more permanent solution was implemented.

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $300,000
Estimated Federal Cost $300,000
Allocation thru FY17 $270,000
Allocation for FY18 $0
President’s Budget FY19 $0

Project is a Section 1135 Continuing Authorities Program project.

3. SPONSOR

Puerto Rico Department of Natural
and Environmental Resources (DNER)
P.O. Box 5887
Puerta De Tierra
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00906-5887

4. STATUS

A Feasibility Cost Share Agreement (FCSA) was executed in May 2016. Feasibility report approved in December 2018. Project Partnership Agreement to be executed in June 2018.