The Division of Environmental Quality has red-flagged 13 Saipan beaches and is advising the public not to fish or swim within 300 feet of these locations for the next 48 hours or until otherwise notified.
The affected sites are Wing Beach, Palms Resort, Aqua Resort, Tanapag Meeting Hall, DPW Channel Bridge, American Memorial Park, Grandvrio Saipan, Garapan Fishing Dock, Garapan Beach, CK District 2 drainage, Chalan Piao Beach, Hopwood School Beach, and San Antonio Beach.
Samples collected from these locations 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.
DEQ analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s recreational beaches and storm drainage every Tuesday. For more information, contact DEQ at 664-8500. (DEQ)