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:
Please note: Samples were not collected on St. Croix
DPNR performed water quality analysis at 19 designated beaches throughout the Territory during the week of Jan. 23 – Jan. 27, 2023. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:
Bolongo Bay Sapphire Beach
Great Cruz Bay
The following beaches do not meet water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold and, therefore, are not considered safe for swimming or fishing:
- Water Bay on St. Thomas
- Brewers Bay on St. Thomas.
All persons should be aware that storm water runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health; therefore, they 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.