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Beach Advisory (August 3–7, 2020)

August 7, 2020

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 Water Testing
Water testing


DPNR performed water quality analysis at 34 designated beaches throughout the Territory during the week of August 3-7, 2020 .

The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

St. Croix

  • Buccaneer
  • Cane Bay
  • Chenay Bay
  • Cramer’s Park
  • Dorsch Beach
  • Frederiksted Public Beach
  • Halfpenny Beach
  • Grapetree Bay
  • New Fort (Frederiksted Public Beach)
  • Pelican Cove (Cormorant)
  • Princess (Condo Row)
  • Protestant Cay
  • Rainbow Beach
  • Shoy’s
  • Sprat Hall
  • Stoney Ground

St. Thomas

  • Bluebeard’s
  • Bolongo Bay
  • Brewer’s Bay
  • Coki Point
  • Frenchman’s Bay
  • Hull Bay
  • Lindbergh Bay
  • Lindquist Beach
  • Magen’s Bay
  • Sapphire Beach
  • Secret Harbor
  • Vessup Bay
  • Water Bay

St. John

  • Cruz Bay
  • Frank Bay
  • Great Cruz Bay
  • Johnson Bay
  • Oppenheimer


Please Note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches:

St. Croix

  • Columbus Landing (due to the high concentration of Sargassum Seaweed impacting the nearshore)

Therefore, the water quality of these beaches, is unknown.


All persons should also be aware that storm water runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health and therefore all persons should avoid areas of storm water runoff (i.e. guts, puddles, and drainage basins). DPNR will continue to monitor the impacted areas and waters.

For additional information regarding water quality, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 in St. Croix or 774-3320 in St. Thomas.

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