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Beach Advisory for November 6-9

Hull Bay Beach (Photo by Chuck Munson)

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 29 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Nov. 6 – 9, 2017.  The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:         

St. Croix

Cramer’s Park

Pelican Cove (Comorant)

Cane Bay

Frederiksted Public Beach


Princess Condo Row


Spratt Hall

New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)

Gentle Winds

St. Thomas 


Magens Bay

Vessup Bay



Hull Bay


Lindbergh Bay

Bolongo Bay

St. John

Cruz Bay


Great Cruz Bay

Frank Bay

Johnson Bay

The following beaches do 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. Croix


St. Thomas

Secret Harbor

Water Bay

Coki Point

Brewers Bay

The following beaches could not be sampled because access to them or the use of their waters pose a risk to health and safety, and, therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown:

St. Croix 


Stoney Ground              

Chenay Bay                   

Grapetree Bay               

Ha’ penny

Protestant Cay

St. Thomas

Frenchman’s Bay


 All persons should also be aware that storm water runoff due to hurricanes and tropical storms may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health due to storm debris; 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 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.

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