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Monitoring Beach Water Quality

2017 Monitoring Season

OBMP will resume monitoring for the 2017 season on May 22 and continue to September 1. Our Beaches We Monitor page contains information on which beaches will be monitored and our season schedule.

Monitoring Beach Water Quality

The OBMP monitors the waters along Oregon's coastline for the presence of fecal bacteria, and reports elevated levels to the public. Marine waters are tested for enterococcus, which is an indicator of the presence of other bacteria. Enterococcus is present in human and animal waste and can enter marine waters from a variety of sources such as streams and creeks, storm water runoff, animal and seabird waste, failing septic systems, sewage treatment plant spills, or boating waste.

View Current Beach Conditions


Water Quality Data

The OBMP works with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to share and display beach water quality monitoring data. View recent and historic sampling data on EPA's Beach Advisory and Closing Online Notification webpage.

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