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:
New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)
Frederiksted Public Beach
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.
Sapphire Water Bay
Great Cruz 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:
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.