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Beach Advisory for November 22-24

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 35 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Nov. 22 – Nov. 24, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

Beach Advisory for November 15-19

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 35 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Nov. 15 – Nov. 19, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

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.

Waste Management Authority Asks Public to Support VI Recycles Month

Listen and look out for public service announcements and social media messages by VIWMA with relevant tips on how to help.

NRCS Extends FY 2022 Application Cutoff for Conservation Stewardship Program to Dec. 31

The Conservation Stewardship Program helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land.

Deadline is Nov. 15 for Environmental Leadership Award Nominations

The deadline for nominations for the Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award, established to acknowledge individuals age 30 and younger who have displayed both exemplary and sustained leadership on behalf of the environment in the insular Caribbean, is Nov. 15.

Blue Flag Survives the COVID-19 Pandemic

Three Virgin Islands beaches have once again been awarded the Blue Flag status by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Queen Conch Season Reopens to Fishing on November 1

Harvesting of queen conch is allowed from November 1, 2021, and will remain open until midnight, May 31, 2022,

Magens Bay Authority Seeks to Fill Board Vacancy

The Magens Bay Authority has begun the process of filling the vacancy left on the board by the passing of Elliott Davis on Sept. 11, it announced in a news release on Tuesday. 

DPNR Offers Consultation on How to Protect Sea Turtles Using Friendly Lighting Near Beaches

Bright lights from buildings can confuse and disorient the turtles, which makes them crawl away from the water and into possible danger, such as busy roads.

NOAA Gives Grant to Study Harmful Impact of Macroalgal Blooms in Caribbean

“The frequency and magnitude of sargassum blooms continue to increase. This funding will support research to examine how sargassum blooms impact multiple dimensions of social resilience..."

Energy Office Notifies Businesses of Required Applications for Rebate Program

The V.I. Energy Office will only accept and process rebate applications from local businesses that provide a copy of their current business license, IRS W 9 form and products list.

Sign Up Now for Conservation Programs to Benefit Soil, Water, Plants and Animals

USDA--NRCS offers voluntary conservation programs to help Caribbean area farmers and landowners secure cleaner water and air, healthier soil and enhanced wildlife habitat while maintaining a vibrant agricultural business.

Energy Office Updates Net Energy Billing Program by Deferring Grid Access Charge

During the last year of the Net Energy Billing program’s rollout, a collaborative multi-agency team has been seeking ways to improve the program and the interaction the community has with the program.

National Park Service Awards $3M for Coral, Vegetation, Shoreline Restoration

NPS has announced the award of seven cooperative agreements totaling $3.28 million to address the impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria on coral reefs, mangroves and shorelines at four park sites in V.I.

USVI Lifts 20-Year Fishing License Moratorium

Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol lifted the 20-year moratorium on new commercial fishing permits this week

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.

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