The Department of Planning and Natural Resources measures water quality at 43 swimming beaches each week. A report issued Friday shows the bacteria count at the Cruz Bay beach exceeds standards and therefore it does not meet water quality standards for swimming or fishing.
The Department said construction underway near the bay might be responsible for runoff and the deteriorating quality. Interestingly, though, even while Grande Bay was being built, the Cruz Bay water quality didn't seem to be harmed. Currently, there is one building underway, adjacent to Grande Bay, closer to the Beach Bar.