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DPNR BEACH ADVISORY: People On St. Thomas and St. John Swim At Their Own Risk

CHRISTIANSTED — 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 13 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of July 23-27, 2018. All beaches that were sampled meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix

Cramer’s Park, Pelican Cove (Cormorant), Rainbow, Cane Bay, Dorsch, Protestant Cay, Shoys, New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta), Halfpenny, Sprat Hall, Buccaneer, Frederiksted Public Beach and Chenay Bay

Please Note: Princess Condo Row, Stoney Ground and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix and the beaches in the St. Thomas/St. John District were not 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 773-1082 in St. Croix.

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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