The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has lifted its public health advisory for contact with marine water at Rockaway Beach, located in Tillamook County and Seal Rock State Park Beach, located in Lincoln County. OHA issued the advisory for Rockaway Beach on August 9 and Seal Rock State Park Beach on August 10, after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.
Ongoing samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) show that contamination has 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, 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.