Beach Advisory for August 1-5

Lindbergh Bay Beach, St. Thomas (Source file photo)

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 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Aug. 1 – Aug. 5, 2022. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

St. Thomas

Lindbergh Bay

Vessup Bay

Secret Harbor

Brewers Bay

Hull Bay

Water Bay

Bolongo Bay

Lindqvist Beach

Morningstar

Magens Bay

Bluebeard’s Beach

Limetree

Sapphire Beach

Coki Point

St. Croix

Stony Ground

Pelican Cove (Comorant)

Shoy’s

Dorsch Beach

Protestant Cay

Chenay Bay

Frederiksted Public Beach

New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta)

Cramer’s Park

Rainbow Beach

Ha’ penny Beach

Cane Bay

Sprat Hall

Buccaneer

St. John

Cruz Bay

Great Cruz Bay

Frank Bay

Oppenheimer Beach

Johnson Bay

Water Island

Honeymoon Beach

Please note: Samples were not collected on the following beaches due to the presence of extensive Sargassum seaweed:

Frenchman’s Bay on St. Thomas

Columbus Landing on St. Croix

Princess (Condo Row) on St. Croix

Grapetree Bay on St. Croix

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.