GEPA Beach Report: 1 Closed, Advisories on 13 Others


Guam – The weekly Guam Environmental Protection Agency Beach Report shows 1 beach closed and advisories on 13 others. Those beaches are:

Beach Closed: 1
The beach along West Hagåtña Bay remains closed as it has been for years due to what Guam EPA says is 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.

Beach Advisories: 13

The results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, January 6, 2011, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

Tanguisson Beach

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

Asan Bay Beach

Piti Bay, Santos Memorial Park, United Seamen’s Service

Togcha Beach – near Namo River, Bangi Beach

Toguan Bay

Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel

Inarajan Bay

Talofofo 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.