Nov. 3, 2004 Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole beaches on St. John do not meet water quality standards for swimming or fishing.
According to a press release Wednesday from Dean C. Plaskett, commissioner of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the Division of Environmental Protection's Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program evaluated the water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory on Nov. 1.
DPNR is advising the public to refrain from using the waters at the St. John beach. This includes activities such as fishing and bathing. DPNR is also advising parents to instruct their children to keep away from the above-mentioned area.
There may be an increased health risk to anyone swimming in these areas as a result of an increased concentration of bacteria.
DPNR will continue to monitor the impacted areas and waters. For additional information regarding water quality call Environmental Protection at 774-3320 on St. Thomas.
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