The Oregon Health Authority
today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Seal
Rock Beach, located in Lincoln County. The health authority issued the advisory
August 6 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
For more information, visit
the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program’s 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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