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DPNR BEACH ADVISORY: Agency Fails To Test St. Croix Water Quality Five Weeks In A Row

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE —  The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said 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 17 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of April 30 to May 4, 2018. All 17 sampled beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Thomas                 

Lindquist, Magen’s Bay, Vessup Bay, Bluebeards, Secret Harbor, Water Bay, Sapphire, Lindbergh Bay, Coki Point, Brewer’s Bay, Hull Bay and Bolongo Bay

St. John

Oppenheimer, Great Cruz Bay, Johnson Bay, Frank Bay and Cruz Bay

DPNR said that the Beaches in the St. Croix District and Frenchman’s Bay on St. Thomas could not be sampled this week; therefore, the water quality of these beaches is unknown.

High levels of Enterococci Bacteria and Turbidity may be caused by runoff due to heavy rains, heavy marine vessel traffic, high wave activity near the shoreline, irresponsible recreational use, etc. Runoff can consist of sediment, pesticides, animal feces and oil & grease, all of which are harmful to the waters of the territory.

DPNR will continue to monitor these popular swimming areas. DPNR also recommends that you use your own discretion when swimming or fishing at the designated beaches. If the waters appear muddy or murky or have foul odors, do not swim or fish. For additional information regarding water quality call the Division of Environmental Protection at (340) 773-1082 in St. Croix.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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