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RevFD
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http://viconsortium.com/featured/shoys-and-princess-beaches-not-safe-this-weekend-dpnr-says/

Curious about these reports. Could someone please shed some light on what causes the poor water quality around STX. Is this primarily run-off from private septic tanks? Are there communities on the island that dump raw sewage in the water?

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Topic starter Posted : October 28, 2015 12:59 am
Alana33
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When it rains, everything runs downhill into the waters.
Including septic or animal waste, oil, pesticides, etc., in runoff rain water.
Actually, it need not rain to have the beach water tested unsafe.
Unfortunately, they post test results the week after they do the tests so it doesn't really do anyone any good as it's after the fact.

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Posted : October 28, 2015 2:54 am
RevFD
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Unfortunately, they post test results the week after they do the tests so it doesn't really do anyone any good as it's after the fact.

A not so fun fact... 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : October 28, 2015 10:08 am
vicanuck
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Personally, I don't think many residents pay much attention to the beach water quality reports from what I've seen over the years, especially on Sunday Funday!

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Posted : October 28, 2015 11:12 am
speee1dy
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if it has rained heavy where i can see all the run off into gallows bay-i just dont go for a few days or so

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Posted : October 28, 2015 11:29 am
Alana33
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Where I live in Dorothea, the brown runoff waters often will extend all the way to Inner Brass and sometimes past Outer Brass Islands from the shoreline.

Some of the most popular tourist beaches are quite often on the list unbeknownst to those frequenting them.

Makes no sense to post, after the fact.

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Posted : October 28, 2015 11:43 am
Cruz
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There is a sewage station next to Wapa, right before Condo Row, on St. Croix. Sewage is dumped into the sea quite often in that area. DPNR usually issues an advisory when it is done.

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Posted : October 28, 2015 10:48 pm
vicanuck
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There is a sewage station next to Wapa, right before Condo Row, on St. Croix. Sewage is dumped into the sea quite often in that area. DPNR usually issues an advisory when it is done.

That is only a pumping station. The only VIWMA sewage treatment plant on STX is over by the the garbage dump and is run by Violia North America.

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Posted : October 29, 2015 11:10 am
Anonny-mouse
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Both of you are correct. It is only a pumping station and whenever it or the line it pumps in to breaks down, raw sewage is pumped directly out into the sea. A few million gallons a day if I remember correctly.

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Posted : October 29, 2015 12:02 pm
Cruz
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Yes, just google "LBJ Pump Station" and you will see for yourself.

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Posted : October 29, 2015 9:07 pm
Alana33
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SEVENTEEN BEACHES NOT SAFE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND, DPNR SAY
http://viconsortium.com/featured/seventeen-beaches-not-safe-this-holiday-weekend-dpnr-says/

I find this completely unacceptable and outrageous.
Beaches and being able to enjoy being in the water is the main attraction of living on islands.
Now it's "enjoy at your own risk."
Many with compromised immune systems aren't even aware of the risks.

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Posted : October 31, 2015 10:57 am
shangirl
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We get these reports in Tampa bay too.

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Posted : November 1, 2015 1:52 am
East Ender
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I know someone who returned to the states last week with a bacterial skin infection after a nice beach visit.

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Posted : November 1, 2015 11:33 am
jasona
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After the last rain storm I noticed a wonderful 3rd world aroma in downtown Christiansted too. Is that another island charm going back to 1733 or a recent line leak/break?

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Posted : November 1, 2015 3:24 pm
Cruz
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After the last rain storm I noticed a wonderful 3rd world aroma in downtown Christiansted too. Is that another island charm going back to 1733 or a recent line leak/break?

Well there is a smell when you go by the seaplane entrance and the govt parking lot, going round the corner by Holger Danske hotel. That one definitely dates back to forever

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Posted : November 1, 2015 4:57 pm
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