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Beach Advisory for June 10-14

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of June 10-14, 2019. All 34 sampled beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

CBCC Invites Residents to Meeting on Coral Bay Watershed Management Planning

The Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC) will host a community meeting from 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, at Caribbean Oasis restaurant in Coral Bay for residents, homeowners, business owners and others interested in living and/or working in Coral Bay while undertaking actions and repairs that will protect the environment.

Corps of Engineers Hosts Interagency Regulatory Meeting in V.I.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted its first interagency meeting in the Virgin Islands since hurricanes Irma and Maria to hear project proposals that could have an effect on the islands' waterways.

Harvesting and Possessing Queen Conch Prohibited June – October

The commissioner also advises the public that harvesting and/or possession of mutton and lane snapper are prohibited territory-wide from April 1 to June 30.

Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing for/ Possession of Queen Conch Begins June 1

This annually recurring prohibition will take effect at 12:01 a.m., local time, on June 1, 2019. The queen conch harvest season will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on Nov. 1.

VIPA to Remove Sargassum Seaweed Build Up at Seaports

The seaweed is being removed to help alleviate the foul aroma that is emitted due to the high sulfur content of the weeds
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senate Panel Votes to Ban Sunscreens with Toxic Chemicals

A Senate committee voted Monday to forward a bill banning two chemicals found in many sunscreens after a panel of witnesses, including chemists and divers, testified that the compounds contribute to the deterioration of coral reefs and have been linked to harmful side effects in humans.

Solarize St. John Launches Campaign to Reduce Costs for Families, Non-Profits

The organizers of Solarize St. John have launched a first-of-its-kind crowdfunding campaign to help tackle the high energy burden for low-income families and non-profits...

DPNR/ MBW to Launch ‘Refill Bottles, Not Dumpsters’ Program in Schools

The goals of the project are also to bring potable water to public schools and to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution in our territory.
A carelessly discarded chip bag floats in the territory's otherwise beautiful blue waters. (Alain M Brin, Blue Glass Photography)

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Earth Day

I am old enough to remember the first, wildly hopeful Earth Day, April 22, 1970. I was 20 years old. I also remember the release of Rachel Carson’s seachanging book “Silent Spring” – which inspired not only the first Earth Day but also the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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