Health advisory issued for Alsea River Beach yesterday was lifted today
A public health advisory issued yesterday due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Alsea River Recreation Area Beach has been lifted. The higher than normal level upstream of the bridge has now subsided.
Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from shore and inland sources such as storm water runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and even animal waste from livestock, pets, birds, seals and other wildlife. In this case it’s believed that congregations of sea lions lying on the sand bars contributed substantially to the high levels of fecal contamination.
Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in these areas and in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.
State officials advise that the status of water contact advisories is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, please visit the Beach Monitoring Program website or call 1-877-290-6767.
Although state officials discourage water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities in the area and on beaches because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.