Green flag on Saipan, Rota; red flag at 2 Tinian sites

  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected this week from Saipan's recreational western beaches and storm drainages as well as marine water samples collected from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages.

None of the samples collected contained excessive concentration of fecal indicator bacteria nor did they exceed CNMI marine water quality standards. Therefore, BECQ assigns all of the sampled beach sites on Saipan and Rota a green flag.

However, water samples collected from Tinian's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week contained excessive concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria or enterococci that exceeded CNMI marine water quality standards. These bacteria can indicate the presence of human and animal waste in the water.

But 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.

Still, to adequately address public health concerns, BECQ has given the following Tinian locations a red flag and advises the public not to fish or swim within 300 feet of these locations for the next 48 hours or until otherwise notified:

Unai Masalok

Leprosarium I

Read more articles