Beach Advisory for Sept. 7-11: Sargassum Impacts Two St. Croix Beaches

Brewers Bay Beach, St. Thomas

Samples were not collected at the following beaches, and, therefore, they are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:

  • Columbus Landing and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix due to the high concentration of sargassum seaweed impacting the nearshore.
  • Protestant Cay off St. Croix due to the ferry not running.

The water quality at these beaches is unknown.

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources 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 Sept. 7 – 11. All of the following beaches meet water quality standards for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix

Stony Ground

Pelican Cove (Comorant)

Sprat Hall

Dorsch Beach

Cramer’s Park

Chenay Bay

Frederiksted Public Beach

Buccaneer

Shoy’s

Rainbow Beach

Cane Bay

Ha ‘penny Beach

New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)

Princess (Condo Row)

St. Thomas

Lindbergh Bay

Sapphire Beach

Lindqvist Beach

Brewers Bay

Vessup Bay

Water Bay

Hull Bay

Bluebeard’s Beach

Frenchman’s Bay

Magens Bay

Secret Harbor

Coki Point

Bolongo Bay

St. John

Cruz Bay

Oppenheimer

Johnson Bay

Frank Bay

Great Cruz Bay

All persons should be aware that stormwater runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health; 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 the 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.