GEPA BEACH REPORT: 1 Closed, 12 Advisories

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Guam – The Guam Environmental Protection Agency’s Beach Report for the week of December 18 thru 25 lists 1 beach closed and  advisories on 12 others.

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.

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.

Number of beach closures: 1
It is the same beach that has been closed for years …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: 12
The results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, December 16, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

TAMUNING
East Hagåtña Bay – Alupang Towers Beach, East Hagåtña Bay – Trinchera Beach

ASAN
Asan Bay Beach

PITI
Santos Memorial Park

AGAT
Togcha Beach – near Namo River, Togcha Beach – Agat Park Beach, Bangi Beach

UMATAC
Toguan Bay

MERIZO
Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel

INARAJAN
Inarajan Bay

TALOFOFO
Talofofo Bay

CHALAN PAGO-ORDOT
Pago Bay

(Place names as spelled in United States Geological Survey [USGS] maps.)

*Adjustments are made during official holidays.

Questions about the Recreational Waters Pollution Report should be directed to the Guam EPA Monitoring Section at 475-1656/8.

For more information, please also visit http://www.guamepa.net, http://www.epa.gov/ostwater/beaches/local/sum2.html