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DPNR: THREE BEACHES ON ST. THOMAS UNSAFE FOR SWIMMING AND FISHING

 
Alana33
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DPNR: THREE BEACHES ON ST. THOMAS UNSAFE FOR SWIMMING AND FISHING

May 15, 2015

ST. CROIX – Three beaches in St. Thomas do not meet minimum water quality standards for swimming or fishing and the Department of Planning and Natural Resources on Thursday urged the public to avoid them.

The beaches to avoid swimming and fishing in on St. Thomas are: Magen’s Bay, Coki Point and Water Bay, DPNR said.

Link to entire article:
http://viconsortium.com/featured/dpnr-three-beaches-on-st-thomas-unsafe-for-swimming-and-fishing/

Pretty sad when 2 of our most popular beach's waters are not healthy to swim.

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Topic starter Posted : May 16, 2015 3:00 pm
Spartygrad95
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And next week it will be fine. There has been a big algal bloom at Magen's.

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Posted : May 16, 2015 3:07 pm
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It happens all the time and for the most part simply goes completely unnoticed. I've seen/heard of Magens actually closed to swimming maybe three times in as many decades when adverse conditions actually made it dangerous to swim in the waters. Otherwise, these are "advisories" only and the beaches remain open while the advisories are dropped when the next testing is done which is usually within a few days.

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Posted : May 16, 2015 3:22 pm
Alana33
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Is it algal bloom or contaminated runoff, which is often the case.

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Topic starter Posted : May 16, 2015 4:25 pm
Spartygrad95
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Well since today is the first day with measurable rain in 47 days I'm just guessing algae

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Posted : May 16, 2015 4:32 pm
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Magens and Coki are both well protected bays and anything which comes in on the tide sits around longer than in most other bays where the flow is freer. The rain is most welcome and my plantings are happily soaking it up.

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Posted : May 16, 2015 4:41 pm
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Yesterday's little bit of rain had quite an amount of runoff on the roadsides. It was a short rain but created mini rivers along roadsides.

I regularly check the water quality reports and they are always reporting beaches on all 3 islands, including popular tourist beaches at resorts, that do not meet minimum water quality standards.
Rain or no rain. Algae bloom or not.

I'm all for a good rain.
We need it, desperately.

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Topic starter Posted : May 16, 2015 4:54 pm
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