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Red flag at 3 Saipan sites, 1 Rota site

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(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality has analyzed water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.

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

Saipan

Grotto Cave

Hidden Beach

Old Man by the Sea

Rota

Talakhaya Beach

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