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Beach Advisory for August 12-16

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:
White patches on a brain coral at Black Point illustrate the rapid spread of the destructive SCTLD attacking reefs in V.I. waters. (Photo by Sonora Meiling)

UVI Researchers Seek Help From Public to Hunt for Coral Disease

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.

Households to Participate in Cistern Water Study to Improve Cistern-Management Guidance

The USVI Department of Health will communicate new guidelines and recommendations on safely managing cistern water when available.

EPA Regional Administrator Meets With Governor

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.

St. Croix Foundation Launches Solar-Supported Community Center Project

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.

Conservation Service Opens 2020 Sign-up for Environmental Quality Incentives Program

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.

Corps of Engineers Hosts Interagency Regulatory Meeting in V.I.

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.

Harvesting and Possessing Queen Conch Prohibited June – October

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.

Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for/ Possession of Queen Conch Begins June 1

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.

VIPA to Remove Sargassum Seaweed Build Up at Seaports

The seaweed is being removed to help alleviate the foul aroma that is emitted due to the high sulfur content of the weeds

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