Coral Bay Community Council,Inc.

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The Coral Bay Watershed
Management Project

For more than a decade, CBCC has demonstrated its ability to be an effective watershed management agency. CBCC is both a planning and implementation-oriented advocate for environmental protection balanced with economic growth within the community vision in Coral Bay. CBCC does this through partnerships with Virgin Islands government agencies, federal agencies and local businesses and individual volunteers. Why is the watershed management Approach valuable? Check out these benefits: (link)

Since 2008, CBCC has received over eleven grants from federal agencies (EPA, NOAA, USDA), foundations, professional associations, and local agencies, almost all directly related to various components of effective watershed management planning and restoration implementation. CBCC has been regularly recognized by federal agencies for its work and that of its many community volunteers and supporters.

EPA Visit
EPA visit in March 2015 to review progress on Protecting the Coral Bay Watershed:
(Right to left: Judith Enck, Region 2 Administrator, EPA, Sharon Coldren, CBCC President,
and Jose C. Font, Director of EPA’s Caribbean office)

CBCC is continuing with numerous projects under the Coral Bay Watershed Management Project umbrella. Most of the projects since 2012 have been planning elements within the scope of describing and implementing the overall watershed management plan for Coral Bay.

Below is a diagram of the planning projects agenda. The yellow projects represent our planning work being undertaken currently or within the past year. The turquoise elements are longer term ongoing planning activities and planning projects CBCC is encouraging in 2016. The Rose color indicates the ongoing restoration and implementation projects, such as the wetlands park, cleanups, derelict vessel removals and –the most important – the continuing work to stop erosion and sediment runoff in to the bay from poorly constructed roads and other construction and general stormwater runoff. The blue circles represent possible future planning projects areas when partners and funding are secured.

Planning Project Agenda

NOAA and EPA have provided grants since 2008 to fund a number of CBCC Watershed Management projects: see link, and link.

In 2013 and 2014, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Coral Reef Conservation Fund provided funding, along with matching support from the community to produce several elements of the EPA Watershed Plan process for 2014, an update from the 2008 plan. The plan document focused on Turbidity and Floatable Debris in the bay. Main report: link and Complete report with all appendices: link

CBCC sought and received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service program for solid waste and wastewater and water supply planning. These projects fill in two more elements of the planning needs circle diagram in our project’s core plan.  


The Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment Planning project (known by USDA as a “Technical Assistance and Training (TAT)” grant) is a planning activity designed to analyze the future capacity for potable water supply and wastewater treatment in Coral Bay (Fall 2013 to Fall 2015). The project will provide plans outlining existing and future demands for water supply and wastewater treatment, surface and groundwater resources, and options for Coral Bay’s current and future water supply and wastewater treatment that will respect the environment. Brief on the Project: link


The Solid Waste Management (SWM) project was a planning activity (Fall 2013 to Spring 2015) designed to analyze the management of solid waste in Coral Bay and investigate the effects using dumpsters has on Coral Bay’s water resources. Our partners at VIWMA were actively involved in guiding the project for maximum value.  A plan describing Coral Bay’s current solid waste management practices and outlining options for managing solid waste in an integrated manner in the future was to be completed – to be used as, as a subset, or local add-on, to the VIWMA territory-wide plan being developed. It emphasizes the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) that can be done locally versus what needs to be collected and removed to the main waste disposal sites elsewhere on St. John and St. Thomas. The project included a human health and ecological risk assessment to determine if the current open “leaking” dumpsters are creating any detrimental effects in nearby soils or Coral Bay’s water resources. This project also provided the research and information needed to expedite (and locate funding for) the removal of the main dumpsters from the mangrove shoreline and building of an appropriate “Convenience Center” in Coral Bay for household waste disposal and reuse & recycle, and household waste disposal/transfer center in Coral Bay.  The Coral Bay Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan and Appendices are available at: link

Coral Bay Vision: In 2013, as part of the planning activities within the Coral Bay Watershed Management Project: Phase 2,  the Coral Bay Community Council obtained a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) grant from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Coral Bay was one of 7 communities chosen nationwide to participate in the 2013 AIA program.

This grant brought a group of eight experts to St. John from May 29-31, 2013 to work with more than 140 residents, public officials & community leaders to create a vision for Coral Bay. The several meetings brought together a diverse group of people to discuss Coral Bay’s future. Issues addressed included discussions on supporting appropriate development and infrastructure while protecting the natural environment and enhancing our overall quality of life for many years to come The report can be accessed at the website link.

Also see the CBCC community vision survey completed in conjunction with the workshop. link.


National Fish and Wildlife Federation grant in 2015 & 2016 will provide engineering and some construction funds to help neighborhoods improve their access road drainage and reduce erosion and sedimentation.

WETLANDS RESTORATION: CBCC volunteers and a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star grant in 2012 restored 1 ½ acres of wetlands and created a small corner park in the heart of Coral Bay, for the appreciation of nature. Link

NOAA MARINE DEBRIS REMOVAL GRANT: CBCC received $90,000 in grant funds from the
NOAA Marine Debris Program and NOAA Restoration Center for a significant marine debris removal project in Coral Bay, St. John. The project is focused on removing derelict vessels in Coral Harbor and cleaning up marine debris along shorelines, in mangroves and in the boat mooring areas. CBCC has committed to providing in-kind services and funds for a total project value of nearly $140,000. CBCC is undertaking volunteer clean-up efforts at selected shoreline and mangrove area locations in cooperation with Coral Bay Yacht Club members, the Kids and the Sea program (KATS), and the John’s Folly Learning Institute. The Friends of the VI National Park is also contributing the value of their annual International Coast Weeks all-island volunteer cleanup to this effort – acknowledging the importance of this derelict vessel removal project for St. John. Link

To increase public awareness, a brochure insert has been created with watershed information and suggestions for Coral Bay development. Here it is in .pdf form: Coral Bay Watershed Info

Storm water runoff - Coral Bay's worst Problem: Photos taken by CBCC members. Click Here

Sedimentation research is being conducted in Coral Bay and other St. John bays led by Dr. Sarah Gray of the University of San Diego. Here are links to two reports on the research:
ICRS sediment poster
and GrayNOAAreport.pdf .


Office: 8-1 Estate Emmaus, Coral Bay, St. John, U. S. Virgin Islands
Mailing: 9901 Estate Emmaus, St. John, VI, 00830-9587
Phone 340-776-2099