DHS news release
Nov. 16, 2006
General questions: Bonnie Widerburg, DHS: 971-673-1282
Robert Smith, Oregon Parks and Recreation: 503-986-0665, cell 503-551-3528
Technical questions: Jennifer Ketterman, DHS: 971-673-0431
Larry Caton, DEQ: 503-229-5491
Health advisory LIFTED for water contact at five coastal locations
Health advisories for contact with marine water at Cape Kiwanda beach in Tillamook County, Agate and Nye beaches in Lincoln County, Florence North Jetty in Lane County, and Umpqua beach in Douglas County were lifted today by the Oregon Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
The advisories were issued last Thursday after water samples at these five 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.
Since 2003, state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. 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