The Department of Planning and Natural Resources said test results of water quality, issued July 24 and 31, showed that the samples "(did) not meet the water quality standards for swimming or fishing.” A spokesperson for the department said construction sites, like Grande Bay, may be – may – contributing to the problem, in addition to lots of recent rainfall which causes runoff from the hills.
None of the other seven St. John beaches tested were found wanting. They include Great Cruz Bay, Oppenheimer, Hart Bay and “Klain (sic)" Bay. On St Croix, Rainbow Beach was found to not meet Standards, as was Coki Point on St,. Thomas.