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Environment

St. Croix Teenagers Rescue Critically Endangered Sea Turtle

After 15 minutes of searching in the forest, the team discovered a critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle in distress.
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.

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.

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

NPS Continues Native Plant Community Restoration Project at Salt River Bay

NPS will continue to control targeted invasive non-native plants that displace native plant species and alter plant community diversity.
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senate Panel Votes to Ban Sunscreens with Toxic Chemicals

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.

NPS Protects Buck Island Reef Least Terns

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).

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