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V.I. Clean Coasts is focusing on eliminating single-use plastics, including these plastic straws that ended up on Coki Beach. (Photo by Kitty Edwards)

Op-Ed: Beach Cleanup Data Needed for Legislative Change

Without data, meaningful legislation can’t be backed by science, and in the USVI this scenario is all too common.
Virgin Islands Police help with the clean up effort. (Photos provided by Jody Olsen)

BrisaMax Sponsors St. Thomas Cleanup, Will Submit Data to VIMAS

A team sponsored by BrisaMax, an EDC company on St. Thomas, cleaned up the east end and south side of the island Monday and Tuesday, and besides removing litter the project generated data for VIMAS.
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UVI Grad Student Testing New Techniques for Coral Restoration

Dan Mele, a graduate student working on a master’s thesis in the marine and environmental science program at UVI, is testing a new coral planting method.

Territory’s Air Quality May Limit Number of COVID-19 Fatalities

A potential link between air quality and COVID-19 is the source of a national study conducted by the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University to determine if long-term exposure to fine particulate pollution is associated with an increased risk of dying from COVID-19.

Veto Means Sunscreen Ban Goes Into Effect March 30

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has vetoed legislation delaying the territory’s ban on most widely used sunscreens, meaning it will go into effect March 30 as the law initially required. The law is aimed at protecting the territory’s coral reefs.

Panel OKs Bill to Curtail ‘Chaos,’ Prevent Sinking, Lopsided Capital Projects

A measure to curtail what the bill’s author called “a recipe for chaos,” when government agencies manage capital improvement projects, was approved Thursday by a Senate committee.
Smoke billows on Sunday afternoon from a fire at the Anguilla Landfill, adjacent to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

*Update – Reopened * Anguilla Landfill Closed Due to Fire for Seventh Time in Under a Year

The Anguilla Landfill is on fire again, according to a release from the Waste Management Authority. The Waste Management Authority advises the public and all haulers that landfill operations have been temporarily suspended.

Senators Criticize Carambola Sale, Want More Experienced GERS Board

The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning OK’d a bill Thursday that would require board members of the Government Employees Retirement System to have greater financial expertise.

Comprehensive Land and Water Use Plan Could Finally Be Coming

A long awaited and heavily debated comprehensive land and water use plan for the territory may be on the horizon after decades of discussion and controversy.
Boats tangled in mangrove after Hurricane Maria, St. Thomas. (Source file photo)

Volunteers Needed for STX Mangrove Cleanup on Saturday

The hurricanes of 2017 put a lot of debris into the territory’s shoreline mangroves where it remains to this day and volunteers are needed to help clear it out. On Saturday the third annual “Great Mangrove Cleanup” will be held at Salt River Bay.

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