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Beach Advisory for June 17-21

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 33 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of June 17-21, 2019. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

Corps of Engineers Hosts Interagency Regulatory Meeting in V.I.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted its first interagency meeting in the Virgin Islands since hurricanes Irma and Maria to hear project proposals that could have an effect on the islands' waterways.

Harvesting and Possessing Queen Conch Prohibited June – October

The commissioner also advises the public that harvesting and/or possession of mutton and lane snapper are prohibited territory-wide from April 1 to June 30.

Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for/ Possession of Queen Conch Begins June 1

This annually recurring prohibition will take effect at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2019. The queen conch harvest season will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on Nov. 1.

VIPA to Remove Sargassum Seaweed Build Up at Seaports

The seaweed is being removed to help alleviate the foul aroma that is emitted due to the high sulfur content of the weeds
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senate Panel Votes to Ban Sunscreens with Toxic Chemicals

A Senate committee voted Monday to forward a bill banning two chemicals found in many sunscreens after a panel of witnesses, including chemists and divers, testified that the compounds contribute to the deterioration of coral reefs and have been linked to harmful side effects in humans.
Plastic bottles, crushed and ready to recycle. (File photo)

DPNR/ MBW to Launch ‘Refill Bottles, Not Dumpsters’ Program in Schools

The goals of the project are also to bring potable water to public schools and to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution in our territory.

NRCS to Host Emergency Watershed Protection Workshop

Edwin Almodóvar, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - (NRCS) Caribbean Area director, invites Virgin Islands government agencies and NGOs to participate in an Emergency Watershed Protection Workshop with NRCS engineers, contracting officers and program specialists. Disaster preparation is the key to resiliency.
A carelessly discarded chip bag floats in the territory's otherwise beautiful blue waters. (Alain M Brin, Blue Glass Photography)

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Earth Day

I am old enough to remember the first, wildly hopeful Earth Day, April 22, 1970. I was 20 years old. I also remember the release of Rachel Carson’s seachanging book “Silent Spring” – which inspired not only the first Earth Day but also the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Report Set for Release on Regional Synergetic Action on Use of Coral Reefs, Mangroves,...

The development of the report on the State of Marine Habitats in the Wider Caribbean (SoMH) and the Regional Strategy and Action Plan for the Valuation, Protection and/or Restoration of Key Marine Habitats in the Wider Caribbean 2021-2030 (RSAP) will result in new tools for the sustainable management of coastal resources regionally.

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