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Beach Advisory for November 21-25

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory.

DPNR Gives Notice on Underground Storage Tank Inspections in STT-STJ District

DPNR encourages all underground storage tank (UST) owners to review compliance with federal UST regulations and individual station permits. This includes ensuring all required documentation is complete and available for review.

Department of Agriculture, Island Green Living Schedule Free Composting/ Food Security Events

Agriculture’s VI Conservation District will showcase the basics of composting and demonstrate how to build a “Johnson-Su Bioreactor” composter.

WAPA Optimistic About Renewable Energy Progress With Recent QF Approvals

Progressive steps towards increased renewable energy adoption in the territory occurred this week when the V.I. Public Services Commission (PSC) approved two solar power companies

Nominations for Environmental Leadership in Insular Caribbean Award Now Being Accepted

Since 2020, the McFarlane Award has focused on honoring younger environmental leaders, 30 years of age or younger. As such, the award provides encouragement and recognition to emerging leaders.

Actions Take Place Across the Caribbean; Community Leaders Call for Climate Adaptation

Climate and community leaders from 10 nations have been involved in planning and hosting events to gather ideas and build pressure on the need to take urgent adaptation measures that keep communities safe against the effect of climate change.

Brighter Outlook Emerges to Harden Power Grid Across U.S. Virgin Islands

Substantial progress has been made to create more resilient power grids throughout the USVI since hurricanes Irma and Maria left thousands of homes, businesses and critical facilities, such as hospitals, without power five years ago.

Nicole F. Angeli Receives Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Mark J. Reeff Memorial Award

Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) congratulates Director Nicole F. Angeli, Ph.D., of the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) on her receiving the Mark J. Reeff Memorial Award at the 112th Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies that was held from Sept. 18-21. in Fort Worth, Texas.

Quench Your Thirst at The Virgin Islands Children’s Museum

The average person uses 156 plastic bottles per year, and each one of those bottles can take 450 years or longer to decompose! Many organizations and individuals are trying to reduce single-use plastics in the territory.

DPNR Participates in U.S. Coral Reef Task Force in Hawaii

During the week-long meeting, the DPNR team participated and presented in sessions ranging from coral reef disease and restoration to watershed management and environmental enforcement.

Three-Week Old Dolphin Calf Dies at Coral World Ocean Park

Coral World Ocean Park staff members are devastated by the sudden death Thursday, Aug. 15, of the dolphin calf born to Ping three weeks ago.

National Science Foundation Awards UVI $1M to Support Marine Science Graduate Students

Over four years, Securing Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Island Pathways will support 13 post-degree recipients in graduate school at UVI as well as local workforce positions.

FEMA Regional Administrator Makes In-Person Assessment of Sargassum Seaweed Impact

As the situation remains manageable, the joint federal and local team has begun talking about longer-term, more permanent, solutions to avoid future impacts on water production.

DOH Informs Public of Health Risks Related to Sargassum

DOH is urging residents and beachgoers to be aware that prolonged contact with the Sargassum seaweed or inhalation of the hydrogen sulfide gas and ammonia can cause uncomfortable symptoms.

Endangered V.I. Shrub Gets Federal Protection

The U.S. Department of the Interior placed marron bacora, known scientifically as Solanum conocarpum, on the Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants list in June.

National Student Exchange Gives UVI Exchange Student Achievement Award

Bruck, a third-year biology major at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, chose UVI’s Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas to pursue her research interests and delve more deeply into her marine science minor.

UVI Hosts Marine Debris Curriculum Workshops for 37 V.I. Educators

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) hosted two educator workshops to demonstrate hands-on, interactive lessons from the newly released USVI Marine Debris Curriculum.

Beach Advisory for June 27 to July 1

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 18 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of June 27 to July 1.

Crowley’s Inaugural Sustainability Report Reinforces Commitments to People and Planet

The report marks a key milestone in Crowley’s ambition to become the most sustainable and innovative maritime and logistics company in the Americas.

Limetree Bay Terminals Donates Boston Whaler for DPNR Marine Patrols

It is valued at $145,000, and it is equipped with a 2018 Twin Suzuki outboards 300 HP and a boat master commercial tri-axle aluminum boat trailer.  The donation and transfer took place on June 14.
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