August 16, 2017 11:13 am Last modified: 11:12 am

Beach Advisory for May 8-12

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 36 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of May 8-12, 2017. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:           

St. Croix

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Protestant Cay

Cramer Park

Pelican Cove (Comorant)

Rainbow

Chenay Bay

Cane Bay

Stoney Ground

Frederiksted Public Beach

Dorsch

Princess Condo Row

Shoy’s

Buccaneer

Ha’ penny

New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)

Grapetree Bay

Columbus Landing

Spratt Hall

St. Thomas

Coki Point

Bolongo Bay

Lindqvist

Bluebeard’s

Brewers Bay

Magens Bay

Sapphire

Lindbergh Bay

Vessup Bay

Water Bay

Secret Harbor

Limetree Bay

Hull Bay

Frenchman’s Bay

St. John

Cruz Bay

Great Cruz Bay

Johnson Bay

Oppenheimer

The following beach does not meet water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold and, therefore, are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:

St. John

Frank Bay

Note: Due to heavy rains throughout the later part of this week, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff. Therefore, DPNR advises the public to use additional caution when using any coastal waters throughout the territory. It is also advising parents to instruct their children to keep away from storm water-impacted beaches as well as areas with manholes and storm water flooding.  There may be an elevated health risk to anyone swimming in storm water-impacted areas because of increased concentrations of bacteria.

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