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Beach Advisory for July 18-22

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:

Beach Advisory for July 4-8

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: DPNR performed July 4-8, 2016. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing: St. Croix Stoney Ground Protestant Cay Cramer’s Park Pelican Cove (Comorant) Shoy’s Rainbow New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta) Ha’ penny Dorsch Cane Bay Spratt Hall Columbus Landing Princess (Condo Row) Frederiksted Public Beach Buccaneer St. Thomas Lindqvist Coki Point Bluebeard’s Bolongo Bay Water Bay Frenchman’s Bay Hull Bay Magens Bay Lindbergh Bay Brewers Bay Vessup Bay Sapphire Secret Harbor St. John Johnson Bay Great Cruz Bay Oppenheimer Frank Bay Cruz Bay The following beaches do not meet water quality standards because they exceed the established Enterococci Bacteria threshold and therefore are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing: St. Croix Chenay Bay Grapetree Bay High levels of Enterococci Bacteria and Turbidity may be caused by runoff due to heavy rains, heavy marine vessel traffic, high wave activity near the shoreline, irresponsible recreational use, etc. Runoff can consist of sediment, pesticides, animal feces and oil & grease, all of which are harmful to the waters of the territory. DPNR will continue to monitor these popular swimming areas. DPNR also recommends that people use their own discretion when swimming or fishing at the designated beaches. If the waters appear muddy or murky or have foul odors, do not swim or fish. For additional information regarding water quality. call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix.

Territory’s Coral Reefs Threatened by Third Year of Bleaching

On Monday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that a third consecutive year of higher-than-normal sea temperatures could lead to an increase in coral bleaching around the world and in the Virgin Islands.

Beach Advisory for June 6-10

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

Beach Advisory for May 16-20

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

Interior Provides $1 Million in Coral Reef Initiative Grants to the U.S. Insular Areas

Grant assistance in the amount of $1,094,205 has been announced by the federal government to address the impacts of climate change and other threats to coral reefs in the U.S. territories and freely associated states. The grants are part of the Coral Reef Initiative Program in the Office of Insular Affairs.

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

Beach Advisory for April 25-29

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:

Beach Advisory for January 11-15

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:

Skinks Under Review for Endangered Species List

Four species of V.I. skinks are on the list for more intensive review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine if they’ll make the endangered or threatened species list.

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