DHS news release
June 17, 2005
Contacts: Jim Sellers, DHS, (503) 945-5738
Shannon Levitt, DHS, (971) 673-0438
Robert Smith, Oregon Parks & Recreation, (503) 986-0665, cell (503) 551-3528
Technical contacts: Joel Sherman, DHS, (971) 673-0441
Greg Pettit, DEQ, (503) 229-5349
Health advisories lifted for water contact at Twin Rocks and Rockaway beaches
Health advisories for contact with marine water at Twin Rocks and Rockaway beaches in Tillamook County were lifted Friday afternoon by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
The advisories were issued on June 15 after water samples at Twin Rocks and Rockaway beaches showed higher-than-normal levels of enterococcus, a type of fecal bacteria, in the marine water. Subsequent testing showed the contamination had subsided and the waters did not pose a higher-than-normal risk associated with water-contact activities.
State officials encourage recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.
Water quality is monitored at selected beaches along Oregon's coast by the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program. The program is funded by a grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Oregon state agencies participating in this program are the Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. More detailed test results are available at www.healthoregon.org/beach