Beach Advisory for February 17-21

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Cane Bay beach on 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 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Feb. 17-21, 2020.

The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix

Stony Ground

Pelican Cove

Chenay Bay

Dorsch Beach

Princess

New Fort Beach

Frederiksted Public Beach

Protestant Cay

Grapetree

Rainbow

Buccaneer

Cane Bay

Shoy’s

St. Thomas

Lindbergh Bay

Water Bay

Secret Harbor

Brewers Bay

Lindqvist

Bolongo

Hull Bay

Sapphire

Frenchman’s Bay

Magens Bay

Vessup Bay

Coki Point

Bluebeard’s

St. John

Cruz Bay

Oppenheimer

Johnson Bay

Great Cruz Bay

Frank Bay

The following beaches do not meet water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold; therefore, they are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix

Cramer’s Park

St. John

Great Cruz Bay

Frank Bay

Please note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches:

Ha’ penny on St. Croix

Johnson Bay on St. John

Therefore, the water quality of these beaches is unknown.

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.

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