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DPNR Warns of Negative Environmental, Health Impacts From Storm-Water Runoff

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) informs the public that as a result of the recent rains throughout the territory, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates negative environmental impacts caused by storm-water runoff.

DPNR advises the public to refrain from using the waters throughout the territory until these effects subside. It is also advising parents to instruct their children to keep away from storm-water-impacted beaches as well as areas with manholes and storm-water flooding. There may be an elevated health risk to anyone swimming in storm-water-impacted areas as a result of increased concentrations of bacteria.
All persons should also be aware that storm-water runoff may contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health; therefore, all persons should avoid areas of storm-water runoff (i.e. guts, puddles and drainage basins). DPNR will continue to monitor the impacted areas and waters.
For additional information regarding water quality, call the DEP at 773-1082 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.
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