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DPNR BEACH ADVISORY: ‘Water Quality of St. Croix Beaches Is Unknown’ … St. Thomas and St. John OK

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — 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 20 designated beaches throughout the Territory during the week of January 1–4, 2018.

Please Note:  St. Croix District beaches were not sampled this week, therefore the water quality of the St. Croix designated beaches is unknown.  The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Thomas 

Magen’s Bay
Vessup Bay
Bolongo Bay
Water Bay
Secret Harbor
Lindbergh Bay
Coki Point
Brewer’s Bay
Frenchman’s Bay
Hull Bay
St. John 
Cruz Bay
Great Cruz Bay
Frank Bay
Johnson Bay
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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