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Beach Advisory for November 22-24

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 35 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Nov. 22 – Nov. 24, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Public Can Now Bid on SEA’s Holiday Auction Items

The Holiday Online Auction is full of fantastic local goods, staycations, eco-services and island activities. From kayak trips, to restaurant gift certificates, to Buck Island trips, to local art, to jewelry, to hotel stays, to spa days or a garden consultation.

EPA Announces Appointment of Lisa Garcia as Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2

Lisa Garcia will lead the implementation of the Biden-Harris environmental agenda in N.J., N.Y, Puerto Rico, the U.S.V.I. and eight Indian nations.

Waste Management Authority Asks Public to Support VI Recycles Month

Listen and look out for public service announcements and social media messages by VIWMA with relevant tips on how to help.

Deadline is Nov. 15 for Environmental Leadership Award Nominations

The deadline for nominations for the Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award, established to acknowledge individuals age 30 and younger who have displayed both exemplary and sustained leadership on behalf of the environment in the insular Caribbean, is Nov. 15.

Queen Conch Season Reopens to Fishing on November 1

Harvesting of queen conch is allowed from November 1, 2021, and will remain open until midnight, May 31, 2022,

DPNR Offers Consultation on How to Protect Sea Turtles Using Friendly Lighting Near Beaches

Bright lights from buildings can confuse and disorient the turtles, which makes them crawl away from the water and into possible danger, such as busy roads.

NOAA Gives Grant to Study Harmful Impact of Macroalgal Blooms in Caribbean

“The frequency and magnitude of sargassum blooms continue to increase. This funding will support research to examine how sargassum blooms impact multiple dimensions of social resilience..."

Beach Advisory for October 18-22

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 18 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Oct. 18 – 22, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Sign Up Now for Conservation Programs to Benefit Soil, Water, Plants and Animals

USDA--NRCS offers voluntary conservation programs to help Caribbean area farmers and landowners secure cleaner water and air, healthier soil and enhanced wildlife habitat while maintaining a vibrant agricultural business.

Energy Office Updates Net Energy Billing Program by Deferring Grid Access Charge

During the last year of the Net Energy Billing program’s rollout, a collaborative multi-agency team has been seeking ways to improve the program and the interaction the community has with the program.

UVI and VI Energy Office Seek Community Input on Energy Strategy for the Territory

The aim of the plan is to outline potential strategies, actions and programs that will bring the Virgin Islands together towards a brighter, cleaner and sustainable future of energy management.

Beach Advisory for Sept. 27 — Oct. 1

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.

National Park Service Awards $3M for Coral, Vegetation, Shoreline Restoration

NPS has announced the award of seven cooperative agreements totaling $3.28 million to address the impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria on coral reefs, mangroves and shorelines at four park sites in V.I.

USVI Lifts 20-Year Fishing License Moratorium

Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol lifted the 20-year moratorium on new commercial fishing permits this week

USDA Announces First Sign-up Period for FY2022 Conservation Program Funds

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help install and implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

Beach Advisory for September 6-10

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 31 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Sept. 6 – Sept. 10, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Beach Advisory for August 30 – September 3

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 30 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund at CFVI Accepting Applications for 2021 Funding

The Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund was established at CFVI in 2003, in recognition of the work, interests and commitment of Judith Ann Towle to increase environmental awareness in the Eastern Caribbean.

NOAA Seeks Input on Report: ‘Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful’

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking input from stakeholders on how to conserve and restore America’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.

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