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Green flag on Saipan, red flag at 2 Rota sites

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(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

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

On Rota, samples collected from the following locations 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.

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.

Still, to adequately address public health concerns, BECQ has given the following Rota 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:

West Harbor Marina

Talakhaya Beach


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