The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:
DPNR performed water quality analysis at 36 designated beaches throughout the Territory during the week of Dec. 6 – Dec. 10, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:
Ha’ penny Beach
Frederiksted Public Beach
New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta)
The following beaches do not meet the water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold; therefore they are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:
Water Bay on St. Thomas
Shoy’s on St. Croix
Great Cruz Bay on St. John.
Please note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches:
Grapetree Bay on St. Croix
Johnson Bay on St. John.
Therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown.
All persons should be aware that storm water runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health, and therefore, should avoid areas of storm water runoff (i.e., guts, puddles and drainage basins) or any area that appears discolored or has foul odors. DPNR will continue to monitor impacted areas and waters.
For additional information regarding water quality, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.