- Written by Terry Arthur
Guam -The weekly beach report from the Guam Environmental Protection Agency lists advisories on 17 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: 17
The results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, November 22, 2011, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:
Dungca's Beach, East Hagåtña Bay - Trinchera Beach
Padre Palomo Park Beach
Asan Bay Beach
Santos Memorial Park
Togcha Beach - near Namo River, Togcha Beach - Agat Park Beach, Togcha Beach - near Southern Christian Academy, Bangi Beach
Umatac Bay, Toguan Bay
Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel
Inarajan Pool, Inarajan Bay
Talofofo Bay, First Beach, Togcha Bay
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.)
Closed Beaches: 1
West Hagåtña Bay continues to be closed as it has been for years because GWA continues to use 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.html.