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Environment

National Academic Science Committee Appoints UVI Professor to Lead Coral Reef Research

Formed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the committee is tasked with conducting a study titled “Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs” (IIRCR).
Huge waves pound the Devil's Triangle on St. Thomas's north shore. (Alain Brin, Blue Glass Phortography)

Extraordinary Weather Has Dramatic Effect on St.Thomas Shorelines

For the first time in recent memory Magens Bay Park on St. Thomas was closed Monday due to dangerous ocean swells and waves reaching as high as 25 feet by some estimates.

EPA Opens Grant Program for Environmental Education Projects

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the request for proposal for the 2018 Environmental Education (EE) grant program. Proposals should plan for projects to start no earlier than Sept. 1.

Beach Advisory for January 15-19

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 30 designated beaches throughout the territory during the last week. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing.

EPA Continues to Collect Hazardous Materials, Releases Collection Dates/ Locations

Household hazardous waste should not be thrown out with regular trash as it can contaminate the land, waterways and groundwater.

NOAA Caribbean Fishery Bulletin Reminds Fishermen of Seasonal Closure on Fishing Grouper

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reminds fishermen and the public of seasonal fishing restrictions in U.S. Caribbean federal waters beginning Dec. 1, 2017, at 12:01 a.m.

Ocean and Coastal Observing VI to Hold First Meeting Dec. 16

OCOVI is hoping that Julio Morell, the CARICOOS executive director, will attend and provide updates on Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System.

2015 MMES Cohort Publishes Study in Major Scientific Journal

The manuscript -- altered juvenile fish communities associated with invasive halophila stipulacea seagrass habitats in the U.S. Virgin Islands -- is the culmination of research efforts by the 2015 cohorts.

U.S. EPA Identifies Collection Locations for Household Hazardous Waste

Residents should drop off their household hazardous waste at the collection pad location closest to them.

DPNR Announces Important Storm Water and Beach Advisory

The Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff, high surf zones and anticipated sewer system overflows.

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