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Samples Not Taken for Beach Advisory for March 30 – April 3

Therefore, water quality standards for safe swimming or fishing are unknown.
A Hawksbill turtle surfaces. (Photo by Caroline Rogers)

SEA Cancels Earth Day EcoFair, Plans Ways to Bring Environmental Education to Youth

The St. Croix Environmental Association is taking this opportunity to create a library of e-Learning Resources for parents, teachers and students looking for environmentally-themed activities and lessons.

DPNR Launches ‘Refill Bottles, Not Dumpsters’ Initiative Territorywide

The initiative seeks to place water bottle fill stations in schools across the territory and provides outreach to students on how small actions have positive impacts on the reduction of waste heading to the landfill.

St. Croix Environmental Association Gives Turtle Update

There are three species of turtles that nest at Southgate, and, depending on the species, there is good news and bad news.

Department of Health Shares New Cistern Water Evaluation Results

During the summer of 2019, health officials tested the cistern water quality of 400 randomly selected households on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. Not properly treating cistern water may increase the chances of getting sick from a water-related illness.
From left: USDA-NRCS Caribbean Programs Specialist Manuel Rios; Virgin Islands Conservation District inductee Hans Lawaetz; NACD President Brent Van Dyke, and Suroeste Conservation District inductee, José B. Ramírez. (USDA-NRCS photo)

NRCS State Technical Committee to Meet in Puerto Rico and St. Croix

The morning’s agenda will focus on 2018 Farm Bill overview and updates, hurricane recovery efforts under the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP), and updates from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Caribbean Divisions, and federal and territorial partners.

CFVI, Lutheran Services Seek Partners to Complete Solarization of Queen Louise Home

In 2019, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action partnered with Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands and CFVI in 2019 to solarize the Queen Louise Home for Children.

Global Organization 350.org Launches Climate Change Program in Caribbean

From drought to sea level rise, the Caribbean is at the forefront of this moment in history and many people are interested in taking action but are unsure on how to proceed.

VIWMA Warns Businesses Against Illegal Dumping of Cooking Oil, Motor Oil

VIWMA announced the removal of more than 6,000 gallons of used cooking oil and motor oil illegally disposed of at the Concordia residential bin site on St. Croix.

Multi-Year Research Project at Buck Island Reef to Mitigate Coral Disease Crisis

This work is being conducted in response to the multitude of coral diseases that continue to devastate coral reefs throughout the Caribbean, including the National Parks of Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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