Monitoring Beach Water Quality
View current beach conditions.
The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (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 sampling data on EPA's Beach Advisory and Closing On-Line Notification webpage.
Other programs within the Oregon Public Health Division are looking at beach water quality and impacts to public health. Radiation Protective Services monitors for potential affects from the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.