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Green flag on Saipan, red flag at 1 Rota site

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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 from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

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

On Rota, however, 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.

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 Rota location a red flag and advises the public not to fish or swim within 300 feet of the location for the next 48 hours or until otherwise notified:

Guata Beach

 

 

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