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 30 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of July 27 – 31. All of the beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing.
Pelican Cove (Cormorant)
Frederiksted Public Beach
New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta)
Great Cruz Bay
Please note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches:
Columbus Landing, Princess (Condo Row) -Mill Harbor, Ha’ penny and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix due to the high concentration of sargassum seaweed impacting the nearshore, and Johnson Bay on St. John because the St. John Ferry ran late.
Therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown.
These laboratory results are from samples that were collected July 27-28, before the passage of Tropical Cyclone 9 later in the week. All persons should be aware that stormwater runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health, and, therefore, all persons should avoid areas of stormwater 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 340-773-1082 on St. Croix or 340-514-1961 on St. Thomas.