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Beach Water Quality

2017 Monitoring Season

OBMP has resumed monitoring for the 2017 season. Monitoring willl continue until September 1, 2017. See which beaches we monitor and our season schedule.  

New for the 2017 season - OBMP will apply a beach action value (BAV) of 130 MPN to issue public health advisories.

See our NEW Beach Action Value web page for more details.

Video: New Beach Action Value for 2017 Season.

Monitoring Beach Water Quality

View current beach conditions.

The OBMP monitors the waters along Oregon's coastline for the presence of fecal bacteria, and reports elevated levels to the public. Marine waters are tested for enterococcus, which is an indicator of the presence of other bacteria. Enterococcus is present in human and animal waste and can enter marine waters from a variety of sources such as streams and creeks, storm water runoff, animal and seabird waste, failing septic systems, sewage treatment plant spills, or boating waste.

Water Quality Data​​​

The OBMP works with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to share and display beach water quality monitoring data. View recent and historic sampli​ng data on EPA's Beach Advisory and Closing On-Line Notification webpage​.

Advisory signage - what to look for
The status of monitored beaches is based on beach water quality monitoring that occurs between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in September
OBMP re-evaluates beaches and sampling locations every other year to ensure available resources best protect public health.
FAQs about the beach monitoring and testing process. Download the "Guide to Water Quality for Oregon Beach Visitors"
OBMP works with Surfrider Foundation to provide swimmers and surfers in Oregon an opportunity to report water contact related illness.