A public health advisory
for contact with marine water at Harris Beach State Park and Mill Beach,
both located in Curry County, was lifted today by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisory was
issued June 26 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 for water contact. 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 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,
contact the Oregon Beach Monitoring
Program at 971-673-0400 or the program’s website at www.healthoregon.org/beach; also contact the Oregon
Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.
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