Beach Advisory for January 6-10

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 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Jan. 6-10, 2020. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix



Cane Bay

New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta)

Protestant Cay

Cramer’s Park

Princess (Condo Row)

Grapetree Bay

Dorsch Beach


Pelican Cove (Cormorant)

Ha’ penny

Chenay Bay

St. Thomas

Hull Bay



Brewers Bay

Coki Point

Lindbergh Bay


Magens Bay

Water Bay

Frenchman’s Bay

Secret Harbor


Vessup Bay

St. John

Cruz Bay


Frank Bay

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

St. Croix

Frederiksted Public Beach

Stony Ground

St. John

Frank Bay

Great Cruz Bay

Johnson Bay

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

Sprat Hall, Gentle Winds and Columbus landing on St. Croix;

Limetree Bay and Morningstar on St. Thomas;

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.