Love City Strong has partnered with Surfrider Foundation to independently test beach water quality on St. John. The second round of tests were performed on 17 of St. John’s beaches over a seven day period, from 11/1 to 11/8.
Tests continue to find unsafe levels of E. Coli at a number of St. John beaches.
High risk and potentially dangerous levels of E. Coli were present at Cruz Bay, Annaberg, and Rendezvous. Great Cruz, Reef Bay (surf side), Hart, and Maho Bay (both the pavilion and parking lot sides) presented a medium risk level.
You can view detailed test results in the attached image or by checking out the Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force blog: http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/54
Native Virgin Islander and dedicated Surfrider Foundation volunteer Sarah Swan, tested beach water quality using EPA recreational water quality criteria. Tests were conducted at the shoreline.
To view the PDF Results, click this link LCS Water Quality Test – 11_13_17
It’s important to note that although results at a certain date may be “low risk,” water quality is dynamic and can fluctuate, especially after rains. The presence of high to medium levels of E. Coli is frequently an indicator of other and potentially more harmful pathogens. There are also other hazards at St. John beaches, including debris from boats, buildings, and trees.
Love City Strong and The Surfrider Foundation are committed to ensuring safe recreational use of St. John’s beaches for locals and guests. Our independent tests will continue for the foreseeable future, and we will continue to post our findings here and on Surfrider’s blog.
The generous contributions made to our Go Fund Me page have funded and will continue to fund this project. If you’d like to help fund future projects, please visit www.GoFundMe.com/lovecitystrong-Irma.
PLEASE NOTE: These are not official determinations on whether water is safe or if beaches are open. The National Park Service and DPNR will make official statements regarding water safety.