The Department of Planning and Natural Resources 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 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 1, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:
Frederiksted Public Beach
Ha’ penny Beach
New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta)
Great Cruz Bay
The following beach did not meet the water quality standards because it exceeded the established enterococci bacteria threshold; therefore, it is not considered safe for swimming or fishing:
Princess (Condo Row) on St. Croix.
Please note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches:
Sprat Hall and Columbus Landing on St. Croix.
Therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown.
All persons should be aware that stormwater runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health and, therefore, should avoid areas of stormwater runoff (i.e., guts, puddles and drainage basins) or any area that appears discolored or has foul odors. DPNR will continue to monitor 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.