If you plan to go to the beach this weekend, be advised about this latest report on polluted beaches.
The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on July 15, 2021, identified that the following nine recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:
Agat Bangi Beach; Nimitz Beach; North of Agat Marina, south of Chaligan Creek; Togcha Beach – Agat; Togcha Beach – Namo; Chalan Pago Pago Bay; Hagatna Bayside Park; Hagatna Channel – Outrigger Ramp; Talofofo 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.