Guam EPA Weekly Beach Report: 17 Advisories, 1 Closed

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Guam – The Guam EPA weekly Beach Report lists Advisories on 17 beaches and the same beach remains closed.

 

The results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, March 22, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

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.

BEACH ADVISORIES: 17

TAMUNING
Gognga Beach, Dungca’s Beach, East Hagåtña Bay – Alupang Towers Beach, East Hagåtña Bay -Trinchera Beach

HAGATNA
Padre Palomo Park Beach, West Hagatna Bay – West Storm Drain

ASAN
Adelup Beach Park, Asan Bay Beach

PITI
Piti Bay, Santos Memorial Park

AGAT
Togcha Beach – near Namo River, Togcha Beach – near Southern Christian Academy, Bangi Beach, Nimitz Beach

UMATAC
Toguan Bay

MERIZO
Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel

CHALAN PAGO
Pago Bay

Tanguisson Beach:  No harvesting or consumption of seaweed, fish or marine organisms is allowed.

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

BEACHES CLOSED: 1

No weekly testing is done on West Hagåtña Bay, but it remains closed, as it has been for years, because GWA, on occasion, uses an old, fractured, outfall pipe to dispose of sewage  from the Hagåtña Sewage Treatment Plant. When that happens, some of the sewage can leak inside the reef and pollute the waters and beaches in the area including the Hagåtña Boat Basin & Channel and the West Hagåtña Beach Park.

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

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The Recreational Waters Pollution Report is compiled by Guam EPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division which takes water samples at 42 recreational beaches every Thursday [adjustments are made during official holidays].

The samples are analyzed 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.

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.

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 [ adjustments are made during official holidays] and analyzes the samples for concentrations of the enterococcus bacteria indicator. 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.epa.gov/ostwater/beaches/local/sum2.html