Estuary Housekeeping An Ongoing Effort

Lest it go up in smoke again
BY: STEPHANIE MCGLASHAN

The San Jose estuary has caught fire several times over the years, the most recent being one afternoon this past April. The fire spread over 860 acres of the wetlands, and took eight hours and roughly 350 workers to put out.

estuary.JPGAlthough this is not the first time the estuary has gone up in a puff of smoke, hopefully it will be the last. This latest incident rallied multiple groups to repair the damage and help restore the estuary to its natural state. These groups include the three levels of government, local NGOs (non-government organizations), the ecology office of Los Cabos, and the organizing committee (basically the Los Cabos hotel association) for the International Day of the Environment. These groups all have the same goal of protecting and conserving the estuary, and the plants and animals who live there.

The estuary is one of Baja’s most important wetlands, which makes its cleanup and restoration very important. Various efforts were and still are in place to ensure the area is cleaned and able to restore itself naturally. As part of the International Day of the Environment, two recent events were organized to bring awareness and gain support for the cleanup process.

On June 3, there was a gathering at the estuary where participants were toured around, so they could observe the scale and intensity of the damage, the areas affected, and get informed on the actions needed to fix the damage. There was a follow up event on June 10, a cleanup of the estuary where participants collected garbage and debris left from the most recent fire. There are plans to continue with these events through June, and possibly into July.

If you’re interested in participating in one of the cleanup events, or want to stay up to date with events related to the estuary, find them on Facebook at Reserva Ecológica Estero de San José del Cabo.