A public health advisory for contact with marine
water at D River Beach, located in Lincoln County, and Heceta Beach in Lane
County was lifted today by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisory was issued
July 10 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 (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach,
walking, etc.) 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 Public Health,
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Parks and Recreation
For more information, contact the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program at 971-673-0400 or www.healthoregon.org/beach; also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free
information line at 1-877-290-6767.
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