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Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Award Goes to Alexandra Pierre of Haiti

The committee believes that the presentation of the award to Alexandra Pierre will highlight the importance of conservation efforts in Haiti and the role that courageous and dedicated individuals play.
Sunset at Ha'penny Beach. (Source file photo)

Beach Advisory for Dec. 2-6

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 32 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Dec. 2-6.

DPNR Closes Red Hind Spawning Aggregation Area at Lang Bank to All Fishing

No harvest of any species is permitted within the delineated boundary of the Red Hind Spawning Aggregation Area from Dec. 1, 2019, until Feb. 28, 2020.

V.I. Energy Office Resumes Energy Star Rebate Program

Residents and small business owners can receive 40 percent rebates on select ENERGY STAR products purchased in the U.S.V.I.

NOAA Marine Debris Program Gives UVI $100,000

This award will target removal of marine debris from mangrove shorelines on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.

Landscapers Working to Remove Dead Trees and Debris From St. John Beaches

The work is being overseen by natural resource staff at V.I. National Park and will be completed by late December. Replanting efforts will begin soon and progress as each beach is cleared.

EPA Awards $412,101 to U.S.V.I. to Improve Air Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it has awarded the U.S. Virgin Islands DPNR $412,101 to support re-establishing the territory’s air pollution control and air monitoring programs.

NRCS Caribbean Area Names Luis A. Cruz-Arroyo as New Director

Luis A. Cruz-Arroyo joined the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Caribbean Area as its new director on Oct. 28.

Interior Announces $625,000 to Support Energy Project in USVI

$625,500 goes to the Virgin Islands Energy Office for the design, material procurement and installation of a solar plus storage micro-grid pilot project to be integrated into the St. Croix Educational Complex's emergency hurricane shelter.

DPNR Reopens Harvesting of Queen Conch Beginning Nov. 1

Harvesting of queen conch is allowed from Nov. 1, 2019, and will remain open until midnight, May 31, 2020.

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