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Beach Advisory for October 16-20

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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 27 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Oct. 16- 20. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix

Cane Bay

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Dorsch

New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta)

Frederiksted Public Beach

Gentle Winds

Davis Bay

Columbus Landing

Buccaneer

Pelican Cove

Shoy’s

Princess Condo Row – Breezes

St. Thomas

Magens Bay

Vessup Bay

Secret Harbor

Sapphire

Lindbergh Bay

Coki Point

St. John

Cruz Bay

Oppenheimer

Great Cruz Bay

Frank Bay

The following beaches do not meet water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold, and, therefore, are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix

Princess Condo Row – Mill Harbor             

Cramer Park                                    

Grapetree Bay

St. Thomas

Brewers Bay

Lindqvist

The following beaches could not be sampled because access to them or the use of their waters pose a risk to health and safety; therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown:

St. Croix

Rainbow

Chenay Bay

Stoney Ground

Protestant Cay

Ha’ penny

St. Thomas

Bolongo Bay

Bluebeard’s

Frenchman’s Bay

Limetree

Water Bay

Hull Bay

Morningstar

All persons should also be aware that storm water runoff due to hurricanes and tropical storms may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health due to storm debris; therefore, they should avoid areas of storm water runoff (i.e. guts, puddles and drainage basins). 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 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.

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