DPNR performed water quality analysis at 33 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of June 17-21, 2019. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:
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
NPS will continue to control targeted invasive non-native plants that displace native plant species and alter plant community diversity.
A Senate committee voted Monday to forward a bill banning two chemicals found in many sunscreens after a panel of witnesses, including chemists and divers, testified that the compounds contribute to the deterioration of coral reefs and have been linked to harmful side effects in humans.
The least terns have established a nesting area on Buck Island Reef, and to ensure protection for the colony, eggs and chicks, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed the section of beach from the point to the pier (south).
The goals of the project are also to bring potable water to public schools and to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution in our territory.
St. Croix Environmental Association’s (SEA) Coral Conservation Corps is a unique program for junior and high school students to learn about St. Croix's coral reef ecosystems, marine habitats, migratory critters and snorkeling safely in local surroundings.