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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two beaches on two islands failed water quality resting and should be avoided this weekend, Water Bay on St. Thomas and Cruz Bay on St. John exceeded “the established Enterococci Bacteria threshold and therefore are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing,” DPNR said today.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources alerts the community that DPNR offices on St. Thomas located at the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library will be closed to the public next week from today to Wednesday, September 8th to facilitate the department’s relocation.

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TEAGUE BAY — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces that the Division of Coastal Zone Management in collaboration with Friends of the St. Croix East-End Marine Park will host an educational snorkel tour to the East End Marine Park’s Demonstration Coral Nursery Site

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TEAGUE BAY — in addition to investing in our natural resources, DPNR also invests in the next generation of Virgin Islanders who will inherit and care for our resources. In 2021, the East End Marine Park had two undergraduate students collect information about restored corals at the Park’s demonstration restoration

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The beach closest to one of the most popular hotels on St. Thomas has failed water quality testing this week, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources said today. Bluebeard’s Beach, which is located in Turquoise Bay on the east end of St. Thomas, next to the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — For the past several months a team of scientists, engineers, researchers and stormwater related experts have been surveying and collecting data as part of a USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) project to assess eight high priority watersheds of concern. On St. Thomas, the specific

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CHRISTIANSTED — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources said that the St. Croix Bookmobile will be parked in front of Government House on Thursday, June 24th at 10 a.m. for STORY TIME HOUR ON WHEELS with this weeks’ guest reader, First Lady Yolanda Bryan.

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SAN JUAN — In the Caribbean Sea, queen conch farming is improving ocean health and supporting livelihoods. The iconic shellfish (Aliger gigas, formerly Strombus gigas), prized for its edible meat and glossy shell, is a vital part of the culture and economy of the Caribbean. But overfishing, habitat degradation and hurricane

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FREDERIKSTED — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources is pleased to announce that The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) will continue “The Dorsch After Dark” series on Tuesday, July 6th.  This series highlights local artists and provides them a venue to showcase their

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan issued the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement of conditions, including additional emissions monitoring, for resumption of refinery operations at Limetree Bay Refinery: “We welcome the EPA’s help in this matter, and we welcome the findings and the recommended actions aimed at protecting the community and

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