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Oregon Coast Health Advisory Lifted at Two Beaches

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities -- flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, and walking -- at all Oregon beaches.

D River Beach
A public health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach, located in Lincoln County, and Heceta Beach in Lane County was lifted late Friday by the Oregon Health Authority.

(LINCOLN CITY, Ore. ) - A public health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach, located in Lincoln County, and Heceta Beach in Lane County was lifted late Friday 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.

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, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, contact the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program at 971-673-0400.

Source: Oregon Health Authority

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