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Lincoln City's D River Access Under Bacteria Advisory | Central Oregon Coast

Published 05/27/21 at 9:25 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Lincoln City's D River Access Under Bacteria Advisory | Central Oregon Coast

(Lincoln City, Oregon) – Oregon Health Authority (OHA) only this week resumed beach monitoring along the Oregon coast and already the agency has discovered a Lincoln City beach with some bacteria issues. OHA today issued a health advisory for D River Beach at the center of town, citing unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in the surrounding waters.

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OHA said you should not have contact with the ocean water there until the advisory is lifted.

“Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses,” OHA said. “Children, elderly and those with a compromised immune system should use extra caution as they are more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.”

Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources including:

Stormwater runoff.
Sewer overflows.
Failing septic systems.
Animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.
Even if there is no advisory in effect, avoid swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Visitors to the central Oregon coast beach should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Levels of fecal bacteria tend to be higher in these types of water sources.

Test results take about 24 hour to return and the site is tested daily. Most health advisories expire after two to four days, but some go on for a week or more.

With the holiday weekend about to hit full swing, the D River access will be more populated than usual. Still, OHA said while this advisory is in effect at D River Beach, state officials continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory.

For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

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