This week a competition for secondary school students in order to protect the coral reefs in St Maarten has been launched by the Nature Foundation St. Maarten, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The project aims to create a sense of ownership by the island population by … Continue reading Nature Foundation and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education Launch Student Competition to Protect St Maarten’s Coral Reefs, Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
Great Bay – The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation on Tuesday tested water quality in the Great Bay Beach area after the heavy rains of Monday. As a part of the response to the heavy rainfall water from the Great Salt Pond was allowed to flow into Great Bay Harbor. “It is important after these heavy … Continue reading Nature Foundation Tests Water Quality at Great Bay Beach after Heavy Rains on Monday
The Nature Foundation St Maarten recently established the presence of ‘Tissue Loss Disease’ on several local coral reefs, the Foundation was able to establish through further investigation that in many locations some 90% of coral is either infected or dead. The disease is a relatively new issue that has been plaguing coral reefs in the … Continue reading St. Maarten’s Coral Reefs Are Dying Due to Disease, Poor Wastewater Infrastructure
The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation over the past week has been monitoring the spread and extent of a Harmful Algal Bloom currently ongoing in the Cole Bay Corner section of the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, occur when colonies of algae—simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater—grow out of control while … Continue reading Nature Foundation Records Harmful Algal Bloom in the Simpson Bay Lagoon
The Nature Foundation carried out water quality tests at seven sites surrounding St. Maarten. These tests, which were conducted for the first time since the passage of Hurricane Irma, were carried out in order to determine the levels of pollutants and other factors affecting wetlands and beaches on St. Maarten.
The Atrium Resort has taken steps to remediate the outflow drainage at its resort and has also cleaned the area of debris at the Old Simpson Bay Bridge. “We were very happy to see that after discussions with representatives at the hotel the discharge issue was remediated and the drainage was halted. The resort also … Continue reading Atrium Resort Addresses Wastewater Issues, Cleans Area by Simpson Bay Bridge Historical Site