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Beach Advisory for May 13-17

Oppenheimer Beach, St. John (file photo)

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 18 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of May 13 – May 17, 2024. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

St. Thomas

Brewers Bay

Coki Point

Bluebeard’s Beach

Frenchman’s Bay

Hull Bay

Lindqvist Beach

Vessup Bay

Bolongo Bay

Secret Harbor

Magens Bay

Sapphire Beach

St. John

Cruz Bay

Oppenheimer Beach

Johnson Bay

Great Cruz Bay

Oppenheimer Beach, St. John (file photo)

Frank Bay

Water Island

Honeymoon Beach

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

  • Lindbergh Bay on St. Thomas                                                                                                            Please note: Samples were not collected on St. Croix and due to the presence of excessive sargassum, samples were not collected at the following beach:
  • Water Bay on St. Thomas

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; therefore, they should avoid areas of stormwater runoff (i.e., guts, puddles, 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.

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