Issued By: VITEMA
Affected Jurisdictions: Virgin Islands

Headline: DPNR Storm Water Beach Advisory dated Sept. 29, 2017 Remains in Effect

Department of Planning and Natural Resources Storm Water Beach Advisory, dated September 29, 2017 remains in effect.

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that due to the impact and effects of Hurricane Maria, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff. high surf zones and anticipated sewer overflows.
DPNR advises the community to use caution when 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 due to hurricanes and tropical storms may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health due to storm debris 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 340-773-1082 in St. Croix or 340-774-3320 in St Thomas.