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USDA Soil Scientists Investigate Erosion and Landslides In Utuado

USDA Soil Scientists left to right: Samuel Ríos, Joxelle Velázquez, Isabel Giulliani and Martín Figueroa, collect data and measure the inclination, soil composition and coordinates of the landslide in the affected area.

UTUADO, Puerto Rico, April 26, 2018– USDA Soil Scientists left to right: Samuel Ríos, Joxelle Velázquez, Isabel Giulliani and Martín Figueroa, collect data and measure the inclination, soil composition and coordinates of the landslide in the affected area. The Natural and Cultural Resources sector is on a mission led by Juan Hernández from USDA, to assess erosion and sedimentation in the area surrounding the Dos Bocas watershed and Caonillas reservoirs. Soil Scientists from different parts of the U.S. and Puerto Rico are working in conjunction with the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez led by Prof. Stephen Hughes, to identify and digitalize over 12,601 landslides of which 605 have been analyzed. Analyzing the soil is crucial to the mission to develop mitigation techniques and prevent the sedimentation from reaching the water reservoirs.

Photo by Andrea Bajandas - Apr 26, 2018 - Location: Utuado, Puerto Rico
Last Updated: May 3, 2018