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Beach Advisory (August 31, 2018)

August 31, 2018

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 water quality analysis at 31 designated beaches throughout the Territory during the week of August 27-31, 2018. All sampled beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:

Cruz Bay STJ
Cruz Bay (St. John)

St. Croix

  • Buccaneer
  • Cane Bay
  • Chenay Bay
  • Columbus Landing
  • Cramer Park
  • Dorsch
  • Frederiksted Public Beach
  • Halfpenny
  • New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)
  • Pelican Cove (Cormorant)
  • Protestant Cay
  • Rainbow
  • Shoy’s
  • Spratt Hall
St. Thomas
  • Bluebeards
  • Bolongo Bay
  • Brewer’s Bay
  • Coki Point
  • Hull Bay
  • Lindbergh Bay
  • Lindquist
  • Magen’s Bay
  • Sapphire Water Bay
  • 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:

  • Stoney Ground, Princess Condo Row and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix.
  • Frenchman’s Bay on St. Thomas.

Therefore, the water quality of these beaches is unknown.

STORM WATER ADVISORY NOTE: Due to the high volume of rainfall in the USVI Territory this week, DPNR advises the public to refrain from using the coastal waters throughout the Territory until further notification. DPNR is also advising parents to instruct their children to keep away from storm water-impacted beaches as well as areas with manholes and storm water flooding. There may be an elevated health risk to anyone swimming in storm water-impacted areas as a result of increased concentrations of bacteria.

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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