Guam – EPA’s Weekly Beach report lists advisories on 13 beaches and 1 beach closed.
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 [ adjustments are made during official holidays] 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.
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: 13
The results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, December 29, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:
East Hagåtña Bay – Trinchera Beach
Padre Palomo Park Beach
Asan Bay Beach
Piti Bay, Santos Memorial Park
Togcha Beach – near Namo River, Bangi Beach, Nimitz Beach
Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel
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.)
BEACH CLOSURES: 1
No weekly testing is done on West Hagåtña Bay, but it 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.
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.guamepa.net, http://www.epa.gov/ostwater/beaches/local/sum2.htm