Guam EPA Weekly Beach Report; 1 Closed, Advisories on 9 Others

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Guam – The Guam EPA’s Weekly Beach Report lists 1 beach closed and advisories on 9 others.

CLOSURES: 1

As is has been for years, West Hagåtña Bay remains 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.

ADVISORIES: 9

The results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, May 19, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

ASAN
Adelup Beach Park, Asan Bay Beach

PITI
Piti Bay

AGAT
Togcha Beach – near Southern Christian Academy

UMATAC
Toguan Bay

MERIZO
Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel

INARAJAN
Inarajan Pool

TALOFOFO
Talofofo 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 475-1656/8
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For more information, please also visit http://www.guamepa.net, http://www.epa.gov/ostwater/beaches/local/sum2.html

Guam Environmental Protection Agency
P.O. Box 22439 GMF, GU 96921

May 20, 2011

PLEASE RELEASE WITHIN 24 HOURS

Contact: Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division
at 475-1656 OR 475-1658/9

KILL DATE OF THIS PSA IS ONE WEEK AFTER RELEASE

RECREATIONAL BEACH ADVISORY REPORT
Number of beach closures: 1

ATTENTION:

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: 9
The results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, May 19, 2011,
identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological
standards:

ASAN
Adelup Beach Park, Asan Bay Beach
PITI
Piti Bay
AGAT
Togcha Beach – near Southern Christian Academy
UMATAC
Toguan Bay
MERIZO
Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel
INARAJAN
Inarajan Pool
TALOFOFO
Talofofo 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 475-1656/8

.