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Virgin Islands Beach Advisory, DPNR

November 17th, 2017 – The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the Territory by sampling for Enterococci Bacteria and Turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 32 designated beaches throughout the Territory during the week of November 13-17, 2017. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing.

St. Croix
Pelican Cove (Comorant)
Cane Bay
Frederiksted Public Beach
Dorsch
Princess Condo Row
Shoy’s
Haypenny
Spratt Hall
New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)
Buccaneer
Columbus Landing
Grapetree Bay
Gentle Winds
St. Thomas
Lindquist
Magen’s Bay
Vessup Bay
Bluebeards
Coki Point
Sapphire
Brewer’s Bay
Secret Harbor
Lindbergh Bay
Hull Bay
Frenchman’s Bay
Limetree
St. John
Cruz Bay
Oppenheimer
Great Cruz Bay
Frank Bay
Johnson Bay

The following beaches do not meet water quality standards because they exceed the established Enterococci Bacteria threshold and therefore are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing.

St. Croix
Cramer’s Park
St. Thomas
Water Bay
St. John
– – –

The following beaches could not be sampled because access to them or the use of their waters pose a risk to health and safety, and therefore the water quality at these beaches is unknown.

St. Croix
Rainbow
Stoney Ground
Chenay Bay
Protestant Cay
St. Thomas
Morningstar
Bolongo Bay
St. John
– – –

All persons should also be aware that storm water runoff due to hurricanes and tropical storms may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health due to storm debris and therefore all persons should use one’s own discretion when swimming or fishing and avoid areas of storm water runoff (i.e. guts, puddles, and drainage basins). If the waters appear muddy or murky or have foul odors, do not swim or fish. DPNR will continue to monitor the impacted areas and waters.

For additional information regarding water quality call the Division of Environmental Protection at (340) 773-1082 in St. Croix or (340) 774-3320 in St. Thomas.

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