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DPNR BEACH ADVISORY: ‘All Beaches In Territory We Tested Safe For Swimming’

CHRISTIANSTED — All the beaches that the Department of Planning and Natural Resources tested this week are safe to swim and fish in.

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, did not find any failures.

The department said it checked the water quality at 30 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of February 11 to 15. 

“All sampled beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing,” DPNR said.

St. Croix

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

St. Thomas                         

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

St. John

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

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

  • Stoney Ground, Princess (Condo Row), and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix

Therefore, the water quality of these beaches is unknown.

All persons should also be aware that storm water runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health and therefore all persons should avoid areas of storm water runoff (i.e. guts, puddles, and drainage basins) or if any area appears discolored or has foul odors. 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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John McCarthy

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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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