Beach Advisory for January 15-19

Chenay Bay beach on St. Croix

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:

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 30 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Jan. 15-19, 2018.  The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:          

St. Croix

Advertising (skip)

Cramer’s Park

Pelican Cove (Comorant)

Rainbow (Prosperity)

Chenay Bay

Cane Bay

Frederiksted Public Beach

Dorsch Beach

Princess Condo Row


Ha’ penny


New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)

St. Thomas

Bolongo Bay


Magens Bay

Vessup Bay


Secret Harbor

Brewers Bay


Lindbergh Bay

Hull Bay

Coki Point

St. John

Cruz Bay


Great Cruz Bay

Johnson Bay

Frank Bay

The following beaches do not meet water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold; therefore, are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix

Grapetree Bay

St. Thomas

Water Bay

Please Note: Protestant Cay, Stoney Ground and Frenchman’s Bay were not sampled this week; therefore, the water quality of these beaches is unknown.

High levels of enterococci bacteria and turbidity may be caused by runoff due to heavy rains, heavy marine vessel traffic, high wave activity near the shoreline, irresponsible recreational use, etc. Runoff can consist of sediment, pesticides, animal feces, and oil and grease, all of which are harmful to the waters of the territory.

DPNR will continue to monitor these popular swimming areas. It also recommends that people use their own discretion when swimming or fishing at the designated beaches. If the waters appear muddy or murky or have foul odors, do not swim or fish.

For additional information regarding water quality, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix.

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