Beach Advisory for September 10-14

Lindqvist Beach on St. Thomas

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 29 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Sept. 10-14, 2018. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:
St. Croix
Cramer’s Park
New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)
Chenay Bay
Ha’ penny
Frederiksted Public Beach
Cane Bay
Pelican Cove (Cormorant) Protestant Cay

Storm water advisory note: Due to the high volume of rainfall from Tropical Storm Isaac on St. Croix this week, DPNR advises the public to refrain from using the coastal waters throughout the island of St. Croix until further notification. DPNR is also advising parents to instruct their children to keep away from storm water-impacted beaches as well as areas with manholes and storm water flooding. There may be an elevated health risk to anyone swimming in storm water-impacted areas as a result of increased concentrations of bacteria.

St. Thomas
Magens Bay
Brewers Bay
Hull Bay
Water Bay
Vessup Bay
Coki Point
Bolongo Bay
Sapphire Water Bay
Secret Harbor

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St. John
Frank Bay
Great Cruz Bay
Cruz Bay
Johnson 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. Thomas
Lindbergh Bay
St. John

Please Note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches: Princess Condo Row, Stoney Ground, and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix; Frenchman’s Bay on St. Thomas.

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