Nature Foundation Report on Activities Post Rain Event November 7 and 8 2014


This report briefly summarizes the activities of the Nature Foundation post significant rain event and subsequent flooding on the 7th and 8th of November 2014.


This is the second report regarding the activities conducted by the Nature Foundation.


Water Quality Tests were conducted at Great Bay, Little Bay and Simpson Bay Beaches in the vicinity of Kim-sha beach in order to determine the levels of Water Quality. Whenever there is a large rain event such as the one experienced on the 7th and 8th of November there is significant runoff and overflow of the Great and Fresh Ponds which can result in poor water quality at the aforementioned beaches. Based on the results of the water quality tests the St. Maarten Nature Foundation recommends that people still avoid swimming or bathing at the beaches in the wider Great Bay area. Water Quality at Kim-Sha Beach has increased to the level which makes it safe for swimming. Tests have shown that water quality is of a reduced level, which may cause negative reactions in swimmers including swimmers ear and ear infections and irritated skin.


The Nature Foundation is still conducting removal of Tilapia and other species of fish in numerous areas.


The Nature Foundation will continue to follow-up with continued tests and monitoring and will report accordingly.