The Division of Environmental Quality has red-flagged six locations on Saipan and advises the public not to fish or swim within 300 feet of these locations for the next 48 hours or until otherwise notified.
DEQ said Jeffry’s Beach, Hidden Beach, Marine Beach, South Laulau Beach, Ladder Beach, Unai Dangkolo Beach contained excessive concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (enterococci) that exceeded the CNMI Marine Water Quality Standards.
These bacteria can indicate the presence of human and animal waste in the water. However, studies have shown that storm water runoff in tropical environments may also contain these bacteria from the natural environment, which may not be directly associated with public health concerns.
DEQ analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s east and south recreational beaches this week.
The agency analyzes samples of 12 Saipan east and south recreational beaches this week.
Marine Water Quality Reports are also provided at www.deq.gov.mp/section/aspx?secID=4. Interested individuals and organizations can also receive email notifications of the weekly marine water quality reports.
To do so, please send an email to email@example.com. DEQ welcomes all inquiries as to the quality of the beach water. The public is encouraged to contact DEQ at 664-8500 with any questions. (DEQ)