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DHS news release

March 24, 2005

 

Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (503)731-4180
Technical contacts: Joel Sherman (503) 872-6774; Cindy Gaines (503) 731-3334

 

Beach monitoring program seeks public comment


 

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking public comment into proposed beach monitoring sites for the 2005 summer season.

 

The beach monitoring program tests water quality at selected Oregon beaches that are used for ocean recreation. It notifies the public when elevated levels of bacteria are detected in those waters.

 

Cindy Gaines, project coordinator, says that the public's suggestions and concerns are an important part of choosing which sites to list.

 

"We want to know if Oregonians agree that these are the beaches that should be sampled, and why or why not," Gaines said. "We welcome other comments as well."

 

Last year the program collected 842 water samples. On average, four out of 100 samples contained elevated bacteria levels.

 

The program annually reviews the list of water sampling sites. Potential beaches are evaluated on a number of factors including how many people use a particular beach and the ocean waters at that beach, existing water quality information and public comment.

 

Comments will be taken through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. They may be submitted via email to joel.m.sherman@state.or.us, by fax to Joel Sherman at (503) 731-4077 or by U.S. postal mail to Joel Sherman, 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 608, Portland OR 97232.

 

The beach program is funded by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed list of summer 2005 beach monitoring sites is below, and on the Beach Monitoring Program's Web site .

 

Oregon Beach Monitoring Program: Proposed 2005 summer sampling list


Below is a list of the proposed beaches by county, and the number of sampling locations on each beach.

 

Clatsop County
Seaside, 3
Indian, 3
Cannon, 5
Hug Point, 3

 

Tillamook County
Short Sands, 4
Rockaway, 3
Twin Rocks, 3
Oceanside, 3
Cape Kiwanda, 3
Neskowin, 3

 

Lincoln County
Roads End, 3
D River, 4
Nelscott, 3
Siletz Bay, 3
Otter Rock, 3
Beverly, 4
Agate, 3

 

Coos County
Bastendorff, 5
Sunset Bay, 4

 

Curry County
Harris, 7