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DPNR BEACH ADVISORY: St. Croix Tests OK, But St. Thomas and St. John Not Sampled

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CHRISTIANSTED — 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 13 designated beaches on St. Croix during the week of July 2-6, 2018. All 13 sampled beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix

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

Please Note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches:

  • All beaches on St. Thomas & St. John
  • Stony Ground, Princess Condo Row, Columbus Landing and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix

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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