DPNR issues beach warning

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The Department of Planning and Natural Resources issued an advisory Friday that because of the recent rains throughout the territory, the Division of Environmental Protection anticipates negative environmental impacts caused by stormwater runoff.

DPNR is advising the public to refrain from using the waters throughout the territory until these effects subside. DPNR is also advising parents to instruct their children to keep away from stormwater-impacted beaches as well as areas with manholes and stormwater flooding.

There may be an elevated health risk to anyone swimming in stormwater-impacted areas as a result of increased concentrations of bacteria, according to DPNR. All persons also should be aware that stormwater runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health and areas of stormwater runoff, such as guts, puddles and drainage basins, should be avoided.

For more information about water quality, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.

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