The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at 43 popular swimming beaches throughout the Territory, advises the public of the following:
DPNR performed water quality analysis at the 43 designated beaches throughout the Territory during the week of March 5-9, 2012. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing:
Pelican Cove (Comorant)
New Fort (Ft. Louise Augusta)
Frederiksted Public Beach (First Target)
Great Cruz Bay
PLEASE BE ADVISED, that although beaches monitored did not have elevated bacterial levels; the VI Waste Management Authority’s LBJ Pump Station failed on Tuesday, March 7, 2012 therefore, causing the manhole to overflow into nearby coastal areas. Although repairs are ongoing, we advise the public to refrain from swimming or fishing in the Princess (Condo Row) area until further notice.
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. For information on the bypass contact VIWMA at 712-4950.