Beach Advisory for February 4-8

Sunset at Ha'penny Beach. (Source file photo)
Sunset at Ha’ penny Beach. (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 33 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Feb. 4-8, 2019. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix
Cramer’s Park
New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)
Chenay Bay
Princess Condo Row
Frederiksted Public Beach
Ha’ penny
Cane Bay
Pelican Cove (Cormorant) Protestant Cay
St. Thomas
Magens Bay
Brewers Bay
Frenchman’s Bay
Bolongo Bay
Coki Point
Water Bay
Vessup Bay
Lindbergh Bay
Secret Harbor
Hull Bay
St. John
Frank Bay
Great Cruz Bay
Cruz 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. John
Johnson Bay

Please note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches: Stoney Ground and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix. 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.