GEPA resumes beach monitoring; 3 polluted


Under the declaration of PCOR2 as per Executive Order 2020-14, the Guam Environmental Protection Agency has resumed its weekly beach monitoring to continue to protect the public’s health.

GEPA is encouraging the public to adhere to all PCOR2 mandates when conducting activities at Guam’s beaches.

The public is also reminded that all Government of Guam parks and beaches continue to be closed to all activities except for individual use for purposes of exercise, both physical and mental, subject to social distancing mandates.

Social gatherings and congregations shall be limited to no more than ten (10) persons regardless of if some of the individuals are of a single household unit.

The results of 40 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on May 21, 2020, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

  • Togcha Beach – Cemetery;
  • Asan Adelup Beach Park; and
  • Hagatna Bayside Park

GEPA warns that 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.