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Beaches We Monitor
How Sites are Selected for Monitoring

The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) works with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to determine beaches that need monitoring based on several established criteria. These criteria include; pollution hazards present, previous monitoring data and test results, type and amount of beach use and public input.

Re-evaluation

As part of an adaptive sampling plan, the program re-evaluates beaches and sampling locations every other year to ensure available resources best protect public health. The last evaluation occurred in 2012, so OBMP and DEQ re-evaluated the sites to be monitored for the 2014 season. The list of re-evaluated locations is open for public comment through May 9, 2014. Proposed Monitoring Sites for 2014​​

Beach Re-evaluation Process

During the reevaluation process "candidate" sites are considered along with proposed sampling sites for the upcoming monitoring season. Candidate sites are beaches that have never been sampled before, or beaches where only investigative sampling has been done in the past. For candidate beaches, sampling data is either limited or nonexistent. This makes it difficult to determine if a candidate site should be given priority over a proposed site without using other available information. In these cases, staff use a Geographic Information System (GIS) to incorporate maps, information, and data about a specific area. This information includes the number and type of wastewater discharge permits in the area, the potential for pollution from runoff, the type of land use in the area and other factors. Staff visit each candidate site to confirm and supplement this GIS data and a draft list of candidate priority monitoring sites is developed. Public comment is then used to determine if a candidate site is monitored in place of one or more proposed sampling sites.

2013-2014 Summer Beach Season Monitoring Summary

Sampling for the 2013 season has ended. The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program will begin sampling again during the summer season of 2014 (Memorial Day - Labor Day). Sampling locations are typically monitored weekly or every two weeks during the sampling season, and a table listing the locations of the beaches being sampled is provided. Below is a table listing the locations monitored during the 2013 season. A new table will be provided once the locations for 2014 have been determined. 

Click on a beach name to view an aerial map in PDF format.

STATION ID STATION NAME LATITUDE LONGITUDE
SEASIDE BEACH - SEASIDE, OREGON - CLATSOP COUNTY
29393 Seaside Beach at 12th Avenue 46.00192 -123.93194
29392 Seaside Beach at Broadway turn around 45.99370 -123.93273
29394 Seaside Beach at U Avenue 45.98141 -123.93655
CANNON BEACH - CANNON BEACH, OREGON - CLATSOP COUNTY
31536 Ecola Creek at Logan Creek 45.90245 -123.96093
29395 Cannon Beach at Ecola Creek mouth (2nd Avenue) 45.89749 -123.96552
29396 Cannon Beach near Ecola Court storm outfall 45.88981 -123.96539
34608 Ecola Court outfall pipe to Cannon Beach 45.88930 -123.96380
TOLOVANA SP BEACH - CANNON BEACH, OREGON - CLATSOP COUNTY
36219 Tolovana State Park Beach 50m North of Chisana Creek 45.87226 -123.96323
30503 Tolovana State Park Beach at the mouth of Chisana Creek 45.87272 -123.96306
36221 Tolovana State Park Beach in Chisana Creek at the outflow 45.87266 -123.96308
36220 Tolovana State Park Beach 50m South of Chisana Creek 45.87220 -123.96191
OSWALD WEST SP BEACH - ARCH CAPE, OREGON - TILLAMOOK COUNTY
29390 Short Sand Beach North end (Oswald State Park) 45.76358 -123.97002
29389 Short Sand Beach middle (Oswald State Park) 45.76144 -123.96717
31525 Short Sand Creek at footbridge  45.76011 -123.96288
29388 Short Sand Beach @ Short Sand Creek (Oswald State Park) 45.75942 -123.96531
ROCKAWAY BEACH - ROCKAWAY, OREGON - TILLAMOOK COUNTY
29386 Rockaway Beach at Rock Creek 45.61358 -123.94653
29385 Rockaway Beach at Saltair Creek  45.60577 -123.94749
34724 Rock Creek at South 1st Avenue 45.61390 -123.94450
34725 Saltair Creek at South 6th Avenue 45.60520 -123.94620
TWINS ROCKS BEACH - TWIN ROCKS, OREGON - TILLAMOOK COUNTY
30510 Twin Rocks Beach at Watseco Creek 45.59333 -123.95043
30890 Watseco Creek  45.59270 -123.94560
D RIVER SP BEACH - LINCOLN CITY, OREGON - LINCOLN COUNTY
10526 D River at the bridge 44.96783 -124.01514
29346 D River Beach @ North corner of parking lot 44.96858 -124.01842
29345 D River Beach at restroom 44.96728 -124.01998
29344 D River Beach 200 M South of restroom 44.96476 -124.01997
AGATE BEACH - NEWPORT, OREGON - LINCOLN COUNTY
34727 Agate Beach at mouth of Big Creek 44.65880 -124.05810
34726 Big Creek at Agate Beach Wayside 44.65870 -124.05670
NYE BEACH - NEWPORT, OREGON - LINCOLN COUNTY
34728 Nye Beach at rocky outcrop West of Olive Street 44.63650 -124.06460
33170 Nye Beach turnaround at discharge pipe 44.63921 -124.06263
33171 Nye Beach turnaround at outflow from discharge pipe (fresh water) 44.63921 -124.06270
34745 Nye Beach 100m North of Nye Creek (West 6th St) 44.64030 -124.06320
ALSEA RIVER BRIDGE - WALDPORT, OREGON - LINCOLN COUNTY
29327 Alsea River Recreation Area Beach-east 44.43470 -124.06180
29328 Alsea River Recreation Area Beach-middle 44.43350 -124.06410
29329 Alsea River Recreation Area Beach-south end of Alsea Bridge 44.42870 -124.06680
HECETA BEACH - FLORENCE, OREGON - LANE COUNTY
36225 Heceta Beach at North runoff 44.03684 -124.13448
30480 Heceta Beach middle site  44.03767 -124.13518
36226 Heceta Beach at South runoff 44.03509 -124.13473
36227 Heceta Beach in the South runoff 44.03491 -124.13295
BASTENDORFF BEACH - COOS BAY, OREGON - COOS COUNTY
29320 Bastendorf Beach at the jetty 43.35199 -124.34547
29319 Bastendorf Beach 400m South of the jetty 43.34775 -124.34718
29318 Bastendorf Beach at Minor Creek 43.34578 -124.34923
31562 Bastendorf Beach 250m South of Minor Creek 43.34346 -124.35339
31561 Minor Creek 200m upstream 43.34317 -124.34982
SUNSET BAY SP BEACH - COOS BAY, OREGON - COOS COUNTY
29317 Sunset Bay State Park Beach at North Beach Access 43.33540 -124.37297
29316 Sunset Bay State Park Beach at Restroom 43.33363 -124.37268
29315 Sunset Bay State Park Beach at mouth of Big Creek 43.33244 -124.37488
31450 Big Creek at sunset Bay footbridge 43.33089 -124.37326
HUBBARD CREEK BEACH - PORT ORFORD, OREGON - CURRY COUNTY
30749 Hubbard Creek Beach 50m North of Hubbard Creek 42.73550 -124.47840
30750 Hubbard Creek between Hwy 101 and beach 42.73520 -124.47840
30471 Hubbard Creek Beach at Hubbard Creek 42.73494 -124.47718
30751 Hubbard Creek Beach South of Hubbard Creek 42.73494 -124.47718
HARRIS BEACH STATE PARK - BROOKINGS, OREGON - CURRY COUNTY
29312 Harris Beach State Park at Harris Creek 42.06924 -124.31706
31559 Harris Creek upstream 42.06891 -124.31554
31555 Harris Beach State Park East of Goat Island 42.06709 -124.31467
29313 Harris Beach State Park West of parking lot 42.06768 -124.31494
31549 Harris Beach State Park at Eiler Creek 42.06309 -124.30486
MILL CREEK - BROOKINGS, OREGON - CURRY COUNTY
29311 Mill Beach at access point 42.04879 -124.29252
31687 Mill Beach at Macklyn Creek 42.04690 -124.31490
29310 Mill Beach at South side of Seastack 42.04836 -124.29122
30935 Macklyn Creek upstream 42.04921 -124.29225