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Thursday, May 19, 2022


Beach Advisory for May 9-13

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.

The Nature Conservancy Dedicates New Coral Innovation Lab on Saint Croix

The Nature Conservancy is celebrating the grand opening of its U.S. Virgin Islands Coral Innovation Hub, a new laboratory dedicated to advancing coral science in the Caribbean and across the planet.

Beach Advisory for May 2-6

DPNR did not perform water quality tests for this week and advises the public of the following.

USDA-NRCS to Host Webinar on Conservation Innovation Grant Applications, Water Quality Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Agriculture -- Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) will host a webinar for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands conservation partners to provide information on current grant funding opportunities, the federal application process, budget allowability and review process.

Wyndham Destinations Plans to Double Its Solar Capacity by End of 2023

The company recently turned on the solar panels at its Limetree Beach Resort by Club Wyndham on St. Thomas.

Agency Heads Give Presentations at National Infrastructure Conference in Hawaii

Office of Disaster Recovery Director Adrienne Williams-Octalien led a contingent of U.S.V.I. agency and department heads recently to attend the Department of the Interior’s Climate and Infrastructure Conference in Honolulu.

Local and National Agencies Gearing Up for Earth Day with Free Online Conference

National and regional government agencies are celebrating Earth Day by offering a free two-day virtual conference promoting climate resilience and equity in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Island Green Living Elects Officers and Three New Board Members

The newly elected members bring a wealth of experience and a deep dedication to sustainability and the territory to their positions.

DPNR Reminds Boating Community to Look Out for Sea Turtles

Within two weeks this month, three green sea turtles were found dead along the northeastern shoreline of St. Croix. They had sustained fracture wounds to their shells consistent with boat strike interactions.

CBCC and Island Green Living to Host Recycling Night on April 5

Residents can find out how to recycle plastics from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, at the Oasis Event Center in Coral Bay.

Beach Advisory for March 28 – April 1

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 33 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of March 28 – April 1, 2022. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

USDA-Rural Development Opens Application Process for Renewal Energy Pilot Program

There are continued plans in moving the territory towards being fully solar-powered, and this program can help the situation in many ways.

Ditching the Pump for the Plug: GVI Ramps up Transportation Electrification Initiatives

The Virgin Islands Energy Office has executed a first of its kind multi-agency bulk procurement of over 20 fully electric vehicles with the expectation of delivery in mid-May of this year.

CBCC, RCAP Solutions to Host USVI Drinking Water/Wastewater System Training Workshops

This year’s workshop will cover updates and discussion topics on regulations, infrastructure improvements, current projects and programs, public health, research and studies, operation and maintenance, best management practices and recommendations for both commercial and residential systems.

Beach Advisory for Feb. 28 – March 4

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Feb. 28 – March 4, 2022. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Mutton Snapper Spawning Aggregation Closed to Fishing March 1 to June 30

No harvest of any species is permitted within the boundary of this area from March 1 through June 30, each year.

National Association of Conservation Districts Awards Hans Lawaetz for Distinguished Service

This award recognizes someone who has made significant contributions to the conservation of natural resources. Hans Lawaetz has been a conservation leader for more than 50 years.

NRCS Urges Farmers and Forest Landowners to Apply for Forestry, Wildlife Funds

Applying conservation practices on private lands will benefit native plants and wildlife, and it will provide farmers and forest landowners with ecosystem services like pest control, soil fertility and clean water.

Coral World Ocean and Reef Initiative Works With NPS to Restore Corals

      Coral World Ocean and Reef initiative Inc. (CWORI) was established in 2019 as an independent organization to advance and expand the conservation work being carried out by Coral World Ocean Park. 

CBCC Launches Two FEMA-funded Hazard Mitigation Grant Projects

CBCC continues working “Ridge to Reef” to improve the overall water quality in the bay and help preserve the bay’s threatened marine ecosystems.




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