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DHS news release

Nov. 10, 2005

Contacts: Bonnie Widerburg, DHS, (503) 731-4180
Robert Smith, Oregon Parks & Recreation, (503) 986-0665
or cell (503) 551-3528


Technical contact: Greg Pettit, DEQ, (503) 229-5349


Health advisory lifted for water contact at Sunset Bay State Park beach



A health advisory for contact with marine water at Sunset Bay State Park beach in Coos County was lifted today 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 Oct. 13 and continued on Oct. 25 after water samples on both dates showed higher-than-normal levels of enterococcus, a type of fecal bacteria, in the Sunset Bay State Park marine water. Subsequent testing this week 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