Monday, September 22, 2014

Guam - The Guam Environmental Protection Agency's weekly Beach Report lists advisories on 10 beaches. 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, January 17, 2013, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

Beach Advisories: 24

-  TAMUNING: Gognga Beach, Naton Beach – San Vitores, Naton Beach – Fujita, Naton Beach – Matapang Beach Park, Naton Beach – Guma Trankilidat, Ypao Beach, Dungca’s Beach – Sleepy Lagoon, 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, Adelup Point Beach (West), Asan Bay Beach

-   PITI:
  Santos Memorial Park, Family Beach

-   AGAT:  Togcha Beach – near Namo River, Bangi Beach,  Nimitz Beach

-   UMATAC:
Umatac Bay , Toguan Bay

-   INARAJAN: Inarajan Bay

-   TALOFOFO:
Talofofo Bay
(Place names as spelled in United States Geological Survey [USGS] maps.)

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

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

 

Current Beach Report

Friday, January 18, 2013

Number of beach closures: 1

ATTENTION: West Hagatña Bay is currently closed due to the intended or continued use of the old fractured outfall at the Hagatña Sewage Treatment Plant as emergency and/or bypass overflow. The area closed includes Hagatña Boat Basin & Channel and the West Hagatña Beach Park.

Number of beach advisories: 24

The results of 44 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, January 17, 2013, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

-  TAMUNING: Gognga Beach, Naton Beach – San Vitores, Naton Beach – Fujita, Naton Beach – Matapang Beach Park, Naton Beach – Guma Trankilidat, Ypao Beach, Dungca’s Beach – Sleepy Lagoon, 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, Adelup Point Beach (West), Asan Bay Beach

-   PITI:  Santos Memorial Park, Family Beach

-   AGAT:  Togcha Beach – near Namo River, Bangi Beach,  Nimitz Beach

-   UMATAC: Umatac Bay , Toguan Bay

-   INARAJAN: Inarajan Bay

-   TALOFOFO: Talofofo Bay

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

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

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 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 44 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.

Questions about the Recreational Waters Pollution Report should be directed to the Guam EPA Monitoring Section at 475-1656/8.