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DPNR BEACH ADVISORY: 31 Beaches Test Safe For Swimming and Fishing

CHRISTIANSTED — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said today that all 31 beaches it tested for water quality are safe to swim and fish near.

DPNR’s 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 did the water quality analysis at designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of May 13 to 17. 

The following beaches meet established federal water quality standards and are safe for swimming and fishing:

St. Croix

Shoys, New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta), Dorsch, Frederiksted Public Beach, Stony Ground, Spratt Hall, Pelican Cove (Cormorant), Rainbow, Columbus Landing, Buccaneer, Protestant Cay, Chenay Bay, Cramer’s Park, Halfpenny, and Cane Bay

St. Thomas                

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

St. John

Great Cruz Bay Cruz Bay and Frank Bay

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

  • Princess (Condo Row) & Grapetree Bay on St. Croix
  • Oppenheimer & Johnson Bay on St. John

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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