DPNR performed water quality analysis at 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Aug. 12-16, 2019. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:
Coral disease researchers at the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine and Environmental Studies are calling for the community to help hunt for coral disease. The VI Reef Response Hunt for Coral Disease will take place Aug. 24 through Sept. 7.
The USVI Department of Health will communicate new guidelines and recommendations on safely managing cistern water when available.
EPA Administrator Lopez met with V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner JP Oriol and representatives from the V.I. Department of Health, the V.I. Waste Management Authority as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The St. Croix Foundation has launched its Pilot Solar-Supported Community Center Project and workforce development initiative that will solarize several carefully selected community centers on St. Croix.
This environmental incentives program is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help them install and implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted its first interagency meeting in the Virgin Islands since hurricanes Irma and Maria to hear project proposals that could have an effect on the islands' waterways.
The commissioner also advises the public that harvesting and/or possession of mutton and lane snapper are prohibited territory-wide from April 1 to June 30.
This annually recurring prohibition will take effect at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2019. The queen conch harvest season will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on Nov. 1.
The seaweed is being removed to help alleviate the foul aroma that is emitted due to the high sulfur content of the weeds