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Beach Advisory for October 18-22

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 18 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Oct. 18 – 22, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

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.

CFVI Seeking Nominations for Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award

This award was established in 1987 to acknowledge individuals who have displayed both exemplary and sustained leadership on behalf of the environment in the insular Caribbean.

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.

UVI and VI Energy Office Seek Community Input on Energy Strategy for the Territory

The aim of the plan is to outline potential strategies, actions and programs that will bring the Virgin Islands together towards a brighter, cleaner and sustainable future of energy management.

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.

Sirius Development Seeks Public Input on Building Marina Resort in Coral Bay

The project will be focused on environmental protection and preservation of the traditional Coral Bay culture while bringing economic growth, job training, employment, new business and more focused attention on cleaning up and revitalizing Coral Bay.

VIEDA Selects Bidder for Energy Sector Analysis Consultant

The goal of this analysis is to identify investment opportunities in existing and potential renewable energy projects within the territory to promote to investors.

Zoom Dialogue on Relationship Between Climate Change and Health Set for Aug. 25

Climate change is known to impact health through three climatic dimensions: extreme heat, natural disasters and infections and diseases.

Biden Administration Commits $3.46 Billion for Hazard Mitigation to Reduce Climate Change

Over the past 30 years, this program has made more than $15 billion available to states, tribes and territories to make communities more resilient and reduce risks from future disasters.

Island Green Living Makes Local Mulch Available for Sale Starting August 4

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 4, the non-profit will make the only locally-sourced mulch available for sale to the community. Island Green’s Brush Chipping Pilot Program has been designated a Clinton Global Initiative “Commitment to Action” for its sustainability.

Volunteers Remove More Than 3,000 Lbs. of Debris From Coral Bay Mangroves

Volunteers cleaned 0.25 miles of mangrove debris from the shoreline in Coral Bay on Saturday, July 24.  Much of the debris found had lingered as a result of the hurricanes.

Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund at CFVI Accepting Applications for Funding

The environmental fund grants up to $7,000 to support activities that include internships, research studies, workshops, seminars, lectureships, citizen science or publications.

Governor Issues Statement on EPA Conditions to Restart Refinery at Limetree Bay

“We welcome the EPA’s help in this matter, and we welcome the findings and the recommended actions aimed at protecting the community and ensuring a safe restart to refinery operations at Limetree Bay." Bryan said.

VIEO, WAPA, DPNR Create Net Energy Billing, Electrician-Certified Solar Installations

Applications continue to be submitted and have navigated through the various stages of the permitting workflow.

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