Martín Peña Channel

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Martín Peña Channel
Caño de Martín Peña.jpg
Martín Peña Channel is located in Puerto Rico
Martín Peña Channel
Native nameCaño de Martín Peña
CountryUnited States
TerritoryPuerto Rico
MunicipalitySan Juan
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ coordinatesCoordinates: 18°25′59″N 66°03′40″W / 18.433°N 66.061°W / 18.433; -66.061
Length3.75 miles

The Martín Peña Channel (Spanish: Caño de Martín Peña) is a body of water in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[1] The similarly named Martín Peña is a neighbourhood, with informal housing, adjacent to the channel.[2]

The channel runs from San Juan Bay in the west to Laguna San José and Laguna Los Corozos in the east. It separates the barrio of Santurce on the north side from Hato Rey Norte, Hato Rey Central, and Oriente on the south side.[3]

Improvement initiatives[edit]

The channel has had a history of being strewn with trash, which breed mosquitoes, and a health hazard for its nearby residents in the Martín Peña subbarrio. Due to the narrowing of the channel over time, the area is subject to frequent flooding, including raw sewage from buildings with insufficient sanitation.[4]

The Caño Martín Peña ENLACE Project Corporation (Spanish: Corporación ENLACE del Caño Martin Peña, English acronym ENLACE) is a corporation owned by the Puerto Rico government, created to improve the local sewage system. As of 2016, ENLACE has spent $120 million from the territorial government on sewage improvements. Implementation of a $600 million ecosystem restoration plan that will dredge the canal depends on resolution of the Puerto Rican government-debt crisis and federal funding for assistance from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers.[4]

In 2015 the area won an UN award to fix the area.[5] In 2017 the community continued demanding the betterment of their community[2] with a campaign stating "don't look at me, look at the channel" (Spanish: no me mires a mi, mira al canal). According to the community's campaign website there remained 26,000 people affected by the polluted channel.[3]

In August 2019, a resolution was passed to improve the infrastructure of Martín Peña.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Caño de Martín Peña
  2. ^ a b "Caño Martín Peña Community Land Trust". World Habitat.
  3. ^ a b "El Caño 3.7". El Caño (in Spanish).
  4. ^ a b "Beyond debt default and Zika, Puerto Rico struggles as trash piles up". PBS NewsHour. 14 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Urban Waters and the Caño Martín Peña (Martín Peña Channel, Puerto Rico)". EPA.
  6. ^ "Senado aprueba medida para mejorar calidad de vida de residentes de Caño Martín Peña". Magazine-PR (in Spanish). 26 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.

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