DHS news release
June 7, 2007
Bonnie Widerburg, DHS: 971-673-1282
Robert Smith, Oregon Parks and Recreation: 503-986-0665, cell 503-551-3528
Jennifer Ketterman, DHS: 971-673-0431
Larry Caton, DEQ: 503-229-5491
Health advisory lifted for water contact at D River State Park and Oswald West State Park beaches
Health advisories for contact with marine water at D River State Park beach in Lincoln County and at Oswald West State Park beach in Tillamook County were 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 advisories were issued on June 5, 2007 at D River State Park beach and June 6, 2007 at Oswald West State Park beach after water samples 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.