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DPNR warns against Christiansted beaches

Daily News Staff
Published: February 5, 2011

The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources is advising residents to be cautious when visiting beaches at Christiansted Harbor until further notice.

The beaches in that area that DPNR monitors did not have elevated bacterial levels, but the V.I. Waste Management Authority’s LBJ Pump Station is bypassing wastewater over Long Reef, according to the DPNR’s weekly beach report issued Friday.

The DPNR’s Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program evaluates water quality each week at 43 popular swimming beaches throughout the territory.

With the exception of Johnson’s Bay on St. John, the monitored beaches met water quality standards and are safe for swimming or fishing during the week of Jan. 31 through Friday.

DPNR will continue to monitor the impacted areas and waters. For more information about water quality, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 in St. Croix.

For information about the LBJ Pump Bypass, contact the Waste Management Authority at 712-4950.

Read more: http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/dpnr-warns-against-christiansted-beaches-1.1100292#ixzz1FN1YWqIr

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