Guam EPA Weekly Beach Report: 19 Advisories, Same Beach Closed

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Guam –   The Guam Environmental Protection Agency’s weekly Beach Report lists advisories on 19 beaches, and the same beach remains closed.

 

 

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 results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, October 4, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards. 

BEACH ADVISORIES: 19

– TAMUNING: Gonga Beach, Dungca’s Beach

– HAGATNA: 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: Umatac Bay, Toguan Bay

– MERIZO: Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel

– INARAJAN: Inarajan Pool, Inarajan Bay

– TALOFOFO: Talofofo Bay, Togcha Bay

– CHALAN PAGO-ORDOT: Pago Bay   

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

(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.

The area closed includes Hagåtña Boat Basin & Channel and the West Hagåtña Beach Park.

About the Guam EPA Weekly Beach Report:
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

 

Beach Advisory for Oct. 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division
(671) 475-1656, (671 475-1658/9
Website: epa.guam.gov, Facebook.com/GuamEPA, Twitter.com/GuamEPA

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.

Beach Advisories: 19

The results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, October 4,
2012, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological
standards:
TAMUNING: Gonga Beach, Dungca’s Beach
HAGATNA: 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: Umatac Bay, Toguan Bay
MERIZO: Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel
INARAJAN: Inarajan Pool, Inarajan Bay
TALOFOFO: Talofofo Bay, Togcha Bay
CHALAN PAGO-ORDOT: Pago Bay
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. The EMAS 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.
Kill date of this release is one week after publication. For the most current advisory visit epa.guam.gov.