GEPA: 8 beaches polluted

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The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on June 10, 2021, identified that the following eight recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

Agat North of Agat Marina, south of Chaligan Creek
Asan Bay Beach
Chalan Pago, Pago Bay
Hagatna Bayside Park
Padre Palomo Park Beach
Merizo Merizo Pier – Mamaon Channel
Talofofo Bay
Umatac Toguan Bay

Swimming, fishing, or playing in unsafe waters may result in minor illnesses such as sore throats or diarrhea. It may 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 (EMAS) Division. Guam EPA has performed this community service weekly since 1974.

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