Dec. 9, 2006 – The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Division of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at 42 popular swimming beaches throughout the territory, advises the public of the following:
DPNR-DEP performed water quality analysis at the 42 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Dec. 4 – 8, 2006. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:
New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)
Frederiksted Public Beach (First Target)
Great Cruz Bay
However, the following beaches do not meet the water quality standards for swimming or fishing:
Princess (Condo Row)
There may be an increased health risk to anyone swimming in these areas as a result of an increased concentration of bacteria. 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).
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 in St. Croix.
Please note: Access has been temporarily restricted at Lindquist Beach, on St. Thomas, therefore it could not be sampled.