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DHS news release

Oct. 14, 2005


Contacts: Jim Sellers, DHS, (503) 945-5738

Robert Smith, Oregon Parks & Recreation, (503) 986-0665, cell (503) 551-3528

Technical contacts: Jennifer Ketterman, DHS, (971) 673-0431

Greg Pettit, DEQ, (503) 229-5349


Health advisory lifted for water contact at Cannon Beach



A health advisory for contact with marine water at Cannon Beach in Clatsop County was lifted late Friday 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 advisory was issued on October 12 after water samples at the north end of the beach, near Ecola Creek, showed higher-than-normal levels of enterococcus, a type of fecal bacteria.. 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