The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public
health advisory for contact with marine water at Mill Beach, located in Curry
County. The agency issued the advisory August 7 after water samples showed
higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.
Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon
Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided and the
water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact
activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools and runoff
from water frequented by birds, because this can be an indication of increased
bacteria from fecal matter.
State officials continue to encourage other
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 U.S.
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 Oregon Health Authority,
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Parks and Recreation
For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website
at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call the Oregon Public
Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.
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