Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.

Faculty Advisor

Skorinko, Jeanine

Project Center

Costa Rica


The Mala Noche River Estuary in Playa Samara, Costa Rica has been damaged from sediment accumulation and contamination. This damage has affected the estuary, the mangrove forest, and the aquifer that provides drinking water for the community. We surveyed and interviewed community members to assess community awareness of the importance of the estuary and problems in the estuary. Results showed that residents are not fully aware of the negative effects of sediment accumulation on the ecosystem and their water supply. Thus, we developed an environmental education program for local schools to help increase awareness of these issues. The hope is that increasing awareness of the importance of the estuary will encourage the community to support future estuary restoration efforts.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies