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Newport: Beach pollution way up at Elizabeth Street storm drain outfall onto the beach, substantial at Nye Beach as well…

Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross:
It appears there is an increasing trend toward high bacterial readings at Elizabeth Street outfall since 2016. The trendline below (dotted line below) shows increasing frequencies of readings high Enterococcus (> 104 MPN/100 ml) I do not have a definitive reason for it, but I suspect we are seeing some cross-connection between a failing sewer service or main and the storm sewer. The City has been contracting with Lincoln County Soil and Water to do source sampling for us and we will be meeting with them next week and one of our own technicians to focus on Elizabeth Street to try and isolate the cause.

Spikes in bacteria at Elizabeth Street outfall

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