Beach Report: 1 Beach Closed; 22 Beach Advisories

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Guam – In its weekly Beach Report,  the Guam Environmental Protection Agency is advising of  1 beach closure and isuing warnings at 22 other beaches. The list is re-printed below.

Number of  Beach Closures: 1

West Hagåtña Bay is currently closed due to the intended or continued use of the old fractured outfall at the Hagåtña Sewage Treatment Plant as emergency and/or bypass overflow. The area closed includes Hagåtña Boat Basin & Channel and the West Hagåtña Beach Park.

Number of beach advisories: 22

The results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, October 21, 2010, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

TUMON:                             Gognga Beach (San Vitores – Okura)

TAMUNING:                       East Hagåtña Bay – Alupang Towers Beach

HAGATNA:                         Padre Palomo Park Beach

ASAN:                                  Adelup Point Beach (West), Adelup Beach Park, Asan Bay Beach

PITI:                                     Santos Memorial Park, Port Authority Beach

AGAT:                                  Togcha Beach – near Namo River, Togcha Beach – Agat Park Beach, Togcha Beach – near Southern Christian Academy,                                                   Bangi Beach,  Nimitz Beach

UMATAC:                             Umatac Bay, Toguan Bay

MERIZO:                               Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel

INARAJAN:                           Inarajan Pool, Inarajan Bay

TALOFOFO:                          Talofofo Bay, Togcha Bay

CHALAN PAGO-ORDOT:    Pago Bay

(Place names as spelled in United States Geological Survey [USGS] maps.)
No harvesting or consumption of seaweed, fish or marine organisms is allowed at Tanguisson Beach. Swimming, fishing or playing in unsafe waters may result in minor illnesses such as sore throats or diarrhea. It might also result in more serious illnesses such as meningitis, encephalitis, or severe gastroenteritis. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of getting sick when they come in contact with contaminated water.

The Recreational Waters Pollution Report is compiled by Guam EPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division. Since 1974, Guam EPA has performed this community service weekly. The Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division takes water samples of 42 recreational beaches every Thursday* and analyzes the samples for concentrations of the enterococcus bacteria indicator. Advisories are based on an instantaneous standard of not greater than 104 enterococci/100 ml and a geometric mean standard of not greater than 35 enterococci/100 ml. *Adjustments are made during official holidays.

Questions about the Recreational Waters Pollution Report should be directed to the Guam EPA Monitoring Section at 475-1656/