A public health advisory is being issued today due to
higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Seal Rock State Park Beach.
Seal Rock State Park Beach is located in Lincoln County.
pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and
inland sources, such as storm water runoff, sewer overflows, failing
septic systems, and even animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.
indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea,
stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses.
Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in this area should
be avoided until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the
elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.
advisory is in effect at Seal Rock State Park Beach, visitors should avoid
wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water,
and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if no advisory is in
effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours
after a rainstorm.
The status of
water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent
information on advisories, visit the Oregon
Beach Monitoring Program website or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767
officials discourage water contact, they continue to encourage other
recreational activities on these beaches because they pose no health risk even
during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.
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 organizations participating in
this program are Oregon Public Health, Oregon Department of Environmental
Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, visit
the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767
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