A public health advisory
for contact with marine water at Seal Rock State Park Beach in Lincoln County was lifted Friday,
June 6, by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisory was issued June 4, after
water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean
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 health
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
Public Health, Department of Environmental Quality and the Parks and Recreation
For more information,
contact the 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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