Beach Advisory for June 3 – 7

Honeymoon Beach on St. John. (V.I. Tourism Department photo)
Honeymoon Beach on St. John. (V.I. Tourism Department 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 21 designated beaches throughout the territory, during the week of June 3 – June 7, 2024, collecting samples on June 3 through June 5.

However, the territory experienced significant rain in the days following sample collection.  Please be advised that there may be an elevated health risk to anyone swimming in stormwater-impacted areas because of increased concentrations of bacteria or other contaminants.

Areas of storm water runoff (i.e., guts, puddles and drainage basins) or any area that appears discolored or has foul odors should be avoided.  DPNR will continue to monitor impacted areas and waters.

Based on the analytical results, the following beaches met the water quality standards and were considered safe for swimming and fishing:

St. Thomas

Brewers Bay

Coki Point

Bluebeard’s Beach

Frenchman’s Bay

Hull Bay

Lindqvist Beach

Vessup Bay

Bolongo Bay

Secret Harbor

Magens Bay

Sapphire Beach

Water Bay

Morningstar

Limetree

St. John

Oppenheimer Beach

Frank Bay

Johnson Bay

Great Cruz Bay

Water Island

Honeymoon Beach

 Note: Samples were not collected on St. Croix; therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown.

For additional information regarding water quality, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.