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 24 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of March 11-15, 2019. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:
New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)
Frederiksted Public Beach
Great Cruz Bay
The following beaches do not meet water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold; therefore, they are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:
Please Note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches:
• Stoney Ground, Dorsch, Frederiksted Public Beach, Rainbow, Cane Bay, Pelican Cove (Cormorant), Princess (Condo Row) and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix
• Bolongo Bay and Frenchman’s Bay on St. Thomas
Therefore, the water quality of these beaches is unknown.
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) or if any area 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 773-1082 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.