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Beach Advisory for May 9-13

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.

The Nature Conservancy to Dedicate New Coral Innovation Lab on May 13

The Nature Conservancy is celebrating the grand opening of its U.S. Virgin Islands Coral Innovation Hub, a new laboratory dedicated to advancing coral science in the Caribbean and across the planet.

USDA-NRCS to Host Webinar on Conservation Innovation Grant Applications, Water Quality Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Agriculture -- Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) will host a webinar for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands conservation partners to provide information on current grant funding opportunities, the federal application process, budget allowability and review process.

Wyndham Destinations Plans to Double Its Solar Capacity by End of 2023

The company recently turned on the solar panels at its Limetree Beach Resort by Club Wyndham on St. Thomas.

Agency Heads Give Presentations at National Infrastructure Conference in Hawaii

Office of Disaster Recovery Director Adrienne Williams-Octalien led a contingent of U.S.V.I. agency and department heads recently to attend the Department of the Interior’s Climate and Infrastructure Conference in Honolulu.

Local and National Agencies Gearing Up for Earth Day with Free Online Conference

National and regional government agencies are celebrating Earth Day by offering a free two-day virtual conference promoting climate resilience and equity in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

DPNR Reminds Boating Community to Look Out for Sea Turtles

Within two weeks this month, three green sea turtles were found dead along the northeastern shoreline of St. Croix. They had sustained fracture wounds to their shells consistent with boat strike interactions.

Local STT Family’s Donation Protects Important Gut in Magens Bay Watershed

The Davis family, have donated a conservation easement over 4.5 acres of undeveloped forest including a portion of the upper reaches of a significant gut draining into Magens Bay on the Northside of St. Thomas.

USDA-Rural Development Opens Application Process for Renewal Energy Pilot Program

There are continued plans in moving the territory towards being fully solar-powered, and this program can help the situation in many ways.

Ditching the Pump for the Plug: GVI Ramps up Transportation Electrification Initiatives

The Virgin Islands Energy Office has executed a first of its kind multi-agency bulk procurement of over 20 fully electric vehicles with the expectation of delivery in mid-May of this year.

Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Closed to Fishing March 1 to June 30

No harvest of any species is permitted within the boundary of this area from March 1 through June 30, each year.

National Association of Conservation Districts Awards Hans Lawaetz for Distinguished Service

This award recognizes someone who has made significant contributions to the conservation of natural resources. Hans Lawaetz has been a conservation leader for more than 50 years.

NRCS Urges Farmers and Forest Landowners to Apply for Forestry, Wildlife Funds

Applying conservation practices on private lands will benefit native plants and wildlife, and it will provide farmers and forest landowners with ecosystem services like pest control, soil fertility and clean water.

Coral World Ocean and Reef Initiative Works With NPS to Restore Corals

      Coral World Ocean and Reef initiative Inc. (CWORI) was established in 2019 as an independent organization to advance and expand the conservation work being carried out by Coral World Ocean Park. 

Bottle Fill Station Arrives at Magens Bay: Free Water, Less Plastic

The Magens Bay Beach Bar, Café & Boutique was welcomed to the ranks of seed-grant recipients with the installation of its bottle fill station.

USVI to Get $31,883,000 to Strengthen Water Systems and Replace Lead Pipes

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett announced that the U.S. Virgin Islands will soon receive $31,883,000 in federal funding -- to strengthen drinking and wastewater systems.

Non-Profit Island Green Surpasses 1,000,000 Cans Recycled; Senate President Tours Facilities

Established in 2004, Island Green Living Association is a not for profit organization on St. John dedicated to sustainability throughout the United States Virgin Islands.

Caribbean Climate Assessment Workshop Set for Jan. 19

The Caribbean chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment will host a virtual workshop on Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to gather participants’ thoughts on the climate change issues that are most important to the U.S. Caribbean region.

Coral Bay Community Council Ramps Up Recycling Efforts

The Coral Bay Community Council has announced a series of educational programs and events aimed at promoting waste reduction through effective Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Compost and Recycling practices -- the "R words” for Coral Bay and St. John.

EPA Announces Appointment of Lisa Garcia as Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2

Lisa Garcia will lead the implementation of the Biden-Harris environmental agenda in N.J., N.Y, Puerto Rico, the U.S.V.I. and eight Indian nations.

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