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Beach Advisory for September 13-17

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 32 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Sept. 13 – 17, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

USDA Announces First Sign-up Period for FY2022 Conservation Program Funds

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help install and implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund at CFVI Accepting Applications for 2021 Funding

The Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund was established at CFVI in 2003, in recognition of the work, interests and commitment of Judith Ann Towle to increase environmental awareness in the Eastern Caribbean.

NOAA Seeks Input on Report: ‘Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful’

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking input from stakeholders on how to conserve and restore America’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.

Trust for Virgin Islands Lands Earns National Recognition

The Trust for Virgin Islands Lands has achieved national recognition – joining a network of over 450 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated a commitment to professional excellence.

VIEDA Selects Bidder for Energy Sector Analysis Consultant

The goal of this analysis is to identify investment opportunities in existing and potential renewable energy projects within the territory to promote to investors.

Zoom Dialogue on Relationship Between Climate Change and Health Set for Aug. 25

Climate change is known to impact health through three climatic dimensions: extreme heat, natural disasters and infections and diseases.

Biden Administration Commits $3.46 Billion for Hazard Mitigation to Reduce Climate Change

Over the past 30 years, this program has made more than $15 billion available to states, tribes and territories to make communities more resilient and reduce risks from future disasters.

EPA Updates Cleanup Plan for Tutu Wellfield Superfund Site, Seeks Public Input

EPA’s proposed action expands and enhances the groundwater cleanup system that is currently operating at the site.

Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund at CFVI Accepting Applications for Funding

The environmental fund grants up to $7,000 to support activities that include internships, research studies, workshops, seminars, lectureships, citizen science or publications.

Governor Issues Statement on EPA Conditions to Restart Refinery at Limetree Bay

“We welcome the EPA’s help in this matter, and we welcome the findings and the recommended actions aimed at protecting the community and ensuring a safe restart to refinery operations at Limetree Bay." Bryan said.

VIEO, WAPA, DPNR Create Net Energy Billing, Electrician-Certified Solar Installations

Applications continue to be submitted and have navigated through the various stages of the permitting workflow.

UVI Caribbean Green Technology, VIDA Recommend Voluntary Water Conservation

Drought conditions limit people’s ability to refill cisterns and ponds, and, although convenient, buying water is often an expensive proposition for families and farmers.

CORE STX Coral Strike Team Fights Dangerous Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

Divers gathered in the morning on June 5, prepared the specialized antibiotic treatment, and spent the day working together to reach their goal of treating as many corals as they could.

Team to Survey Entire STX Reef System to Treat Diseased Coral Colonies

The Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation STX Coral Strike Team will be performing Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease intervention treatment at Cane Bay from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 5.

DPNR Closes Fishing of Queen Conch From June 1 Until October 31

Seasonal harvest closures conserve fished populations and help sustain and improve the fisheries of the Virgin Islands.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Being Used to Map Coral Reefs Around Buck Island

Data will be collected using small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as drones. The collected data will contribute to several research projects.

Leatherback Brewing Promotes Hatchling Release Series, Sea Turtle Conservation

Managing partners Aaron Hutchins and Packy Gilbert are excited to collaborate directly with numerous sea turtle conservation initiatives based in the USVI.

Limetree Continues Flare Incident Investigation

As of noon Thursday, production at all of the process units were discontinued and Limetree is nearing completion to bringing them to a safe and stable condition.

Get a Head Start on Readiness and Resilience During Hurricane Preparedness Week

Residents have nearly three months before the season’s peak when tropical waves form off the west coast of Africa and move through the Caribbean, but Virgin Islanders know hurricanes can spin up anytime.

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