All beaches in the territory whose water quality were tested for safety this week proved to be safe for swimming and fishing, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
D.P.N.R.'s Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for Enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity.
The government agency said 30 beaches were tested. However, there were 4 beaches not tested — three on St. Croix and one on St. John — due to a high concentration of sargassum seaweed impacting the nearshore on the St. Croix beaches, and for St. John, because the ferry ran late.
St. Croix beaches not tested: Columbus Landing, Princess (Condo Row) -Mill Harbor, Halfpenny and Grapetree Bay. Johnson Bay on St. John was not tested.
The safe beaches are below: