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Impaired Beaches

EPA Approves U.S. Virgin Islands’ 2014 List of Waters Facing Pollution Threats; 

 

 

Complete List of 2014 Impaired Waters. There are 200 beaches in the US Virgin Islands that are Impaired or threatened.

 

This list comes out about 18 months after evaluation. We do not expect to see the 2016 Impaired Beaches until mid-2018.

 

USVI 2014 Impaired Beaches or

 

https://www.epa.gov/tmdl/us-virgin-islands-2014-impaired-waters-list

 

See 2012 Impaired Beaches

 

This has been deleted from the EPA Waterbodies site, but is included in the 2014 version.  Note: this is a form of C-Y-A because the EPA and NOAA are not doing their jobs; the USVI Waters are in very bad shape. DPNR is totally corrupt and incompetent.

 

 

See 2010 Impaired Beaches

 

This has been deleted from the EPA Waterbodies site, but is included in the 2014 version.

 

Note: I found a copy on a Backup Hard Drive. Here it is.

EPA 2010 Impaired Waters List for USVI

 

The Clean Water Act requires states to assess the quality of their waters and to report their findings every two years to EPA. The list is compiled by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and is a valuable tool for reaching the Clean Water Act goal of “fishable and swimmable” waters for the entire territory.

 

“The protection and restoration of waters throughout the Virgin Islands are critical to people’s health and the economy of the Virgin Islands,” said Judith Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. “The list of impaired and threatened waters in the Virgin Islands helps governments, businesses and concerned citizens create the best plans for eliminating the pollution that threatens water quality.”

 

The list specifically includes impaired waters for which the development of a total maximum daily load (TMDL), a budget for water pollution, is necessary. TMDLs define the maximum amount of a pollutant that a water body can receive and still meet water quality standards. They are developed by states and approved by EPA once the Agency determines that the TMDL will allow the water body to achieve water quality standards.

 

The Virgin Islands and state governments throughout the U.S. designate the use of local waters for a range of activities including drinking water, swimming and recreation, and fishing. The 2010 list of impaired and threatened waters in the Virgin Islands identifies 204 instances in which a pollutant is causing an impairment of a water body that keeps it from supporting its designated use. The most common cause of the pollution problems are cloudiness in the water (turbidity), dissolved oxygen and bacteria.

 

The list also notes the sources of water pollutants. The most common sources include erosion and sedimentation; discharges from boats at marinas; and highway, road and bridge runoff. A pollutant may come from more than one source.

 

U.S. Virgin Islands waters are assessed every two years for the presence of pollutants.

 

 

Have Questions?

ST. THOMAS/ST. JOHN DISTRICT

ST. CROIX DISTRICT

Division of Environmental Protection
Department of Planning & Natural Resources
Cyril E. King Airport, 2nd Floor
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 00802

Phone: (340) 774-3320
Fax: (340) 714-9549

Division of Environmental Protection
Department of Planning & Natural Resources
45 Mars Hill, Frederiksted
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 00841

Phone: (340) 773-1082
Fax: (340) 692-9794

 

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