A public health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach in Lincoln City has been lifted 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.
For more information, contact the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program at 971-673-0400 or online at www.healthoregon.org/beach; also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.
For the complete article see the 07-16-2014 issue.
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