The Oregon Health Authority Wednesday lifted a public health advisory for contact with ocean water at Seal Rock State Park Beach in Lincoln County. The health authority issued the advisory August 11 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria.
Results from later 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 on the beach that are frequented by birds, also runoff from those pools, because the water may contain higher levels of bird poop.
State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.
For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach