Beach Advisory for September 5-9

Oppenheimer Beach, St. John (Source file 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 18 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Sept. 5 – 9, 2022. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

St. Thomas

Vessup Bay

Lindqvist Beach

Hull Bay

Bluebeard’s Beach

Bolongo Bay

Coki Point

Magens Bay

St. John

Cruz Bay

Great Cruz Bay

Oppenheimer Beach

Johnson Bay

Water Island

Honeymoon Beach

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

Sapphire Beach on St. Thomas

Secret Harbor on St. Thomas

Frenchman’s Bay on St. Thomas

Lindbergh Bay on St. Thomas

Brewers Bay on St. Thomas

Frank Bay on St. John.

Please note: Due to high surf conditions, samples could not be safely collected on St. Croix beaches, as on the following beach:

Water Bay on St. Thomas.

Therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown.

All persons should be aware that storm water runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health; therefore, people 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 773-1082 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.