VIWMA, UVI-CES, Gifft Hill School Offer Free Compost Workshops

The V.I. Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) is partnering with the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) and…

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

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VIWMA Asks Residents to Report Illegal Wastewater Discharges

The V.I. Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) reports that its wastewater treatment plants are being impacted by the illegal dumping of wastewater at manholes in the territory.

2016-10-25 16:04:23
Three Arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine

Three St. Thomas men have been arrested in two separate cases and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe said in a Monday news release. 

2016-10-24 18:05:58
Beach Advisory for October 17-21

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:

2016-10-22 03:11:15
Environment — St. Thomas
St. Thomas East End Reserves Develops Management Plan, Holds Open House


The St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER) is a territorial marine protected area which encompasses several existing protected areas (Cas Cay / Mangrove Lagoon, St. James, and Compass Point Marine Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries) into one comprehensive management unit.
A management plan for STEER has been developed with the participation of representatives from community groups, Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the University of the Virgin Islands and The Nature Conservancy. The management plan was developed using The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Action Planning (CAP) process and is a five-year strategic plan that outlines management actions to be taken, funding resources, and recommendations for sustainable and effective management of the reserves. It will serve to guide conservation and sustainable use activities in the east end reserves to maximize the ecological, economic and cultural benefits for the U.S.V.I. community. As part of the CAP process, a vision for STEER was formed: to restore and maintain a functional coastal ecosystem that promotes sustainable recreation opportunities and community engagement.
An open house will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at the St. Thomas Yacht Club to announce finalization of the plan.  STEER stakeholders have dedicated their time and energy to develop and finalize the plan.  Please help us celebrate.  We will also hear from two UVI graduate students who are conducting exciting research in STEER.
For more information about STEER and the process for developing the management plan, visit or contact Anne Marie Hoffman at


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