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DPNR: One Beach in St. Thomas and One Beach in St. John Test Unsafe For Swimming, Fishing


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two beaches in the Virgin Islands have tested unsafe for swimming or fishing, according to the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

They are: Water Bay in St. Thomas and Frank Bay in St. John, DPNR said in a written statement.

DPNR performed water quality analysis at the 33 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of September 28-October 2, 2015.

The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing.

St. Croix: Stoney Ground, Protestant Cay, Chenay Bay, Buccaneer, Cramer Park, Rainbow, Shoy’s, New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta), Halfpenny, Princess (Condo Row), Columbus Landing, Dorsch, Frederiksted Public Beach, Sprat Hall.

St. Thomas: Hull Bay, Sapphire, Vessup Bay, Magen’s Bay, Secret Harbor, Bluebeards, Brewer’s Bay, Lindbergh Bay, Frenchman’s Bay, Bolongo Bay, Lindquist, Coki Point. 

St. John: Cruz Bay, Oppenhiemer, Great Cruz Bay, Johnson Bay.

DPNR said that Grapetree Bay on St. Croix could not be sampled this week due to the heavy presence of seaweed along the shoreline.

DPNR will continue to monitor the impacted areas and waters. For additional information regarding water quality call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 in St. Croix.

DPNR said its Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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