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Beach Advisory for May 13-17

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 18 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of May 13 – May 17, 2024. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

Island Green Living’s Latest Batch Consists of 251,163 Cans and 8,705 Lbs. of Ocean-Bound Certified Plastic

The pallets are on their way to recycling partner PADNOS, where these items will be recycled and find a new lease on life.

WAPA Celebrates Earth Day and Week of the Young Child on St. Croix and St. John

These events highlighted the importance of environmental awareness, sustainability and early childhood education in Virgin Islands communities.

DPNR’s Fish and Wildlife Releases 2nd Edition of ‘Go Wild, Go Fish VI’ Magazine

The first issue of “Go Wild, Go Fish VI” was released last July and cast a spotlight on the endangered Virgin Islands tree boa, the invasive red-tailed boa, the division’s sea mapping program, scientific bird work, exotic pet amnesty program and scientific papers.

PSC Gains Valuable Insights During Randolph Harley Power Plant Visit on St. Thomas

During the visit, they gained invaluable insights into the intricate processes involved in generating power and producing safe water, as well as the ongoing efforts to maintain and repair older generation units among other major updates.

USVI Earth Day PLANET vs PLASTICS Hybrid Presentation and Panel Discussion Set for April 22

the USVI Earth Day PLANET vs PLASTICS Presentation and Panel Discussion will examine the plastic pollution crisis, the health and environmental dangers of plastics, and simple solutions people can all implement now.

USDA Forest Service to Resume Fourth Inventory of the U.S. Virgin Islands Forests

This is part of a federal effort started in 1930 to collect, analyze and report information on the status and trends of America’s forests.

VI Energy Office Launches Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-income Virgin Islanders

Weatherization Assistance Program is a comprehensive initiative aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing utility costs for residents across the Virgin Islands.

WAPA Expresses Gratitude to Customers, Partner Agencies for Successful Water Filter Distribution

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) extends heartfelt appreciation to its valued customers for their overwhelming support during last week’s water filter distribution initiative on St. Croix.

VIEO to Launch Equitable E-Mobility (Electric Vehicles) Rebate Program

VIEO has launched the "Equitable E-Mobility Rebate Program," an initiative to revolutionize sustainable transportation across the Virgin Islands.

$25,000 Donation Ensures Continuity and Success for Gifft Hill School Aquaponics Program

Island Green Living president Harith Wickrema, who donated the aquaponics system to the school on behalf of Island Green in December 2020, has now given $25,000 on behalf of Island Green to reinvest in a program that has found great success at the school.

CFVI Announces 2023 Recipient of the Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund Award

Ailén Anido Escalona (pictured), from Gibara, Cuba, has been selected to receive this year's award.

Olasee Davis Receives Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award

Career environmentalist Olasee Davis, Ph.D. is described as an ecologist, ethnobotanist, agriculturalist, environmental activist, cultural historian, naturalist, scholar and professional writer.

Island Green Living Gets Two New Board Members, Announces $100K Match for Fundraising Drive

Both individuals bring a wealth of experience and are deeply committed to environmental issues in the U.S. Virgin Islands and beyond.

National Science Foundation $3.5M Award Expands Workforce Opportunities for Virgin Islanders in STEM

The goal of Navigating Home is to place recent graduates into new short (two to five months) and long-term (one to two years) marine and environmental science job opportunities which will build local workforce capacity.

International Project Is Transforming Sargassum Challenges Into Opportunities for Caribbean Success

A grant from the European Union for the Resilience, Sustainable Energy and Marine Biodiversity aims to create ecosystem education materials that are more accessible through a multilingual podcast and an online ‘Sargassum Champions Course.’

UVI Makes Waves at the 2023 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Meeting

Nineteen of these individuals presented at the conference. UVI undergraduate student Miranda Goad won third place among all undergraduate oral presentations for her talk.

Monica Miller-Smith is New Coral Bay Community Council Executive Director

Monica Miller-Smith, whose communication, leadership, and research skills and the concerns of the Coral Bay community will help as the organization moves forward, has been selected as the new executive director for the Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC), the organization announced. 

ARBNET Arboretum Awards St. George Village Botanical Garden Level 1 Accreditation

The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity and professionalism.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Awards Grant to DPNR to Conserve Freshwater Habitats

The Division of Fish and Wildlife recently received its first Competitive State Wildlife Grant, awarded for large-scale conservation projects and related activities.

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