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 18 out of 35 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of July 25-29, 2016.
Please note: Beaches in the St. Thomas-St. John District were not sampled this week.
The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:
New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)
Frederiksted Public Beach (First Target)
Pelican Cove (Comorant)
Princess (Condo Row)
The following beach does not meet water quality standards because it exceeds the established enterococci bacteria threshold; therefore, it is not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:
DPNR will continue to monitor these popular swimming areas. DPNR also recommends that people use their 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 773-1082 on St. Croix.
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