Beach Advisory for April 15-19

Dorsch Beach, St. Croix

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 35 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of April 15-19, 2019. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:
St. Croix
New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta)
Frederiksted Public Beach
Stony Ground
Spratt Hall
Pelican Cove (Cormorant)
Columbus Landing
Protestant Cay
Chenay Bay
Cramer’s Park
Ha’ penny
Cane Bay
Princess (Condo Row)
Grapetree Bay
St. Thomas
Magens Bay
Brewers Bay
Frenchman’s Bay
Secret Harbor
Lindbergh Bay
Water Bay
Hull Bay
Vessup Bay
Bolongo Bay
St. John
Johnson Bay
Great Cruz Bay
Cruz Bay
Frank Bay

The following beach does not meet water quality standards because it exceeds the established enterococci bacteria threshold; therefore, it is not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:
St. Thomas
Coki Point

All persons should also be aware that storm water runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health and therefore all persons should avoid areas of storm water runoff (i.e. guts, puddles and drainage basins) or if any area appears discolored or has foul odors. DPNR will continue to monitor the 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.