The Department of Planning and Natural Resources 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 33 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of October 4 – October 8, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:
Frederiksted Public Beach
New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta)
Ha’ penny Beach
Great Cruz Bay
The following beaches do not meet the water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold and, therefore, are not considered safe for swimming or fishing:
Grapetree Bay, Rainbow Beach and Dorsch Beach on St. Croix
Coki Point on St. Thomas.
Please note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches:
Sprat Hall and Columbus Landing on St. Croix
Frenchman’s Bay on St. Thomas
Oppenheimer on St. John.
Therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown.
All persons should also be aware that stormwater runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health; therefore, people should avoid areas of stormwater runoff (i.e., guts, puddles and drainage basins) or any area that appears discolored or has foul odors. DPNR will continue to monitor impacted areas and waters.
For additional information regarding water quality, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.