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Monitoring Beach Water Quality

2020 Monitoring Season

As state parks have reopened to public use, the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) has resumed monitoring Oregon beaches for harmful bacteria in the north, mid and south coast. The OBMP will continue this monitoring schedule through the beach use season unless actions by state and local authorities restrict public beach access.  

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.

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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 (BEACON) webpage.

Beach Advisories

If there are current beach advisories, they will be listed below.


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