Beach Advisory for Sept. 30 – Oct. 4

Oppenheimer Beach, St. John

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 32 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of September 30 through October 4, 2019. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix
New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta)
Stony Ground
Pelican Cove (Cormorant)
Protestant Cay
Cramer’s Park
Frederiksted Public Beach
Cane Bay
St. Thomas
Coki Point
Hull Bay
Brewers Bay
Bolongo Bay
Frenchman’s Bay
Magens Bay
Secret Harbor
Vessup Bay
St. John
Cruz Bay
Frank Bay
Johnson Bay

The following beaches do not meet water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold; therefore, they are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:
St. Croix
Ha ‘penny
Chenay Bay
St. Thomas
Lindbergh Bay
Water Bay
St. John
Great Cruz Bay

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Please note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches:
Limetree on St. Thomas
Princess (Condo Row) and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix

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.