DHS news release
Jan. 26, 2006
Contacts: Bonnie Widerburg, DHS, (503) 731-4180
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 Agate Beach
A health advisory for contact with marine water at Agate Beach in Lincoln 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 Dec. 30, 2005, after water samples at Agate Beach 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