Human Perceptions of Anthropogenic Impact on the Aquifer Recharge Zone in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico
Santa Isabel, a small municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico, is considered for its agricultural capital because it produces 15% of the vegetables consumed in the island. The most important factor for the sustainability of the agriculture in this area is water. All the water is obtained from the Santa Isabel aquifer that is composed of alluvial and limestone formations. In order to ascertain the perception of the socioeconomic importance of the water in the area, local farmers and residents were interviewed using a questionnaire. Educational materials will be developed for the farmers and the community based on the needs assessed in the interviews.
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