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Elevated Health Risks Prompt DPNR Advisory to Refrain from Using Coastal Waters During Storms

  • Janeka Simon
  • May 22, 2024

Due to forecasts of heavy rainfall and potential flooding, the V.I Dept. of Planning and Natural Resources is advising the public to refrain from using coastal waters throughout the territory, until further notice. Parents are urged to instruct their children to avoid storm water-impacted beaches and areas with manholes or storm water flooding. There is an elevated health risk from increased concentrations of bacteria in these areas of storm water runoff, such as puddles, ghuts and drainage basins, which may also contain harmful contaminants or pollutants. DPNR said it will continue to monitor impacted areas and waters for safety. All contractors, developers, and home builders are advised to maintain and implement additional erosion and sediment control practices at all disturbed properties. Please ensure the following measures are in place:‌ Preservation of natural vegetation Drainage swales/diversions Temporary and permanent seeding Soil sealers/binders Er...

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