CBCC Invites Residents to Meeting on Coral Bay Watershed Management Planning

Coral Bay Community Council Watershed Management Planning

The Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC) will host a community meeting from 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, at Caribbean Oasis restaurant in Coral Bay for residents, homeowners, business owners and all others interested in living and/or working in Coral Bay while undertaking actions and repairs that will protect the environment, particularly the beautiful blue ocean.

Water quality contamination from stormwater runoff, wastewater and fertilizers and other chemicals can harm waters. The quality of all lives depends on balancing people’s needs with nature’s needs. Watershed management is a method for having open discussion of all the factors and their inter-relationships and then creating partnerships for action. Factors include the community vision, water flows and hydrology, stormwater management, land use, infrastructure, marine uses, history and culture, resource and waste management, wetlands restoration and more.

The graphic explains the important components:
The meeting will start the process of doing the 5-year update of the Coral Bay Watershed Management Plan, last done in 2014, under a $99,000 grant from the US Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART program to CBCC. The USVI DPNR Coastal Zone Management Program is also providing assistance.

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At this meeting on June 18, CBCC and its contractor, Watershed Consulting Associates, will explain the roles that residents, homeowners, business owners, government agencies and others can take in this planning effort now and over the next 16 months.

Working together on the management plan will continue and expand the critical alliance among residents, government, businesses and the scientific community regarding a renewed vision for a resilient future for the Coral Bay and USVI watersheds, especially during this time of post-hurricane rebuilding.

The 2008 and 2014 plans can be viewed on the CBCC website at http://www.CoralBayCommunityCouncil.org.

The purpose of the 2019 grant project is to update the comprehensive management plan, incorporating stakeholder and government agency input, and include a visioning effort that recognizes and highlights diverse viewpoints. Under this 2019 update, CBCC will also publish and distribute a user-friendly Watershed Management Vision summary.

The Coral Bay Watershed Management Plan is part of the overall Coral Bay Watershed Management Project. The goals of the Coral Bay Watershed Management project are to empower the community to:
1) effectively reverse the past environmental degradation caused by poor construction practices, badly designed roads, disturbed wetlands, and other development choices; and
2) to envision and plan for future physical and economic development that does not exceed the carrying capacity of the land and environment, while still providing all infrastructure needs such as water, wastewater systems, solid waste management, roads and public services.
It is expected that many residents, homeowners, business owners, and others who care about Coral Bay will want to participate in Coral Bay St. John Watershed Management Plan Update project as it moves forward in 2019 and 2020. This meeting on Tuesday, June 18th from 6 to 7 PM at Caribbean Oasis Restaurant is the start.

Local restaurants have stepped forward to volunteer as meeting spaces at no charge. Caribbean Oasis is the site for this meeting, and it will be possible to enjoy the restaurant’s offerings while at the meeting.

For more information, contact CBCC at 776-2099 or email [email protected].

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