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Health Alerts Lifted for Both Oregon Coast Beaches: Seal Rock, D River

Published 08/23/2019 at 4:43 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Second Health Alert for Central Oregon Coast, at Seal Rock

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(Lincoln City, Oregon) - UPDATE: Both Health Advisories Lifted for Two Oregon Coast Beaches: D River Beach and Seal Rock State Park. The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach and Seal Rock State Park Beach, located in Lincoln County. The health authority issued the advisory August 20 for D River Beach and August 22 for Seal Rock State Park Beach after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed lower bacteria levels. Contact with the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities 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 OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

 

Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. 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). Oregon Coast Hotels in this area - Where to eat - Maps - Virtual Tours - More Seal Rock below:











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