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Recreational Advisories
For your health and safety

The Oregon Public Health Division conducts several activities to protect people living, working and playing near Oregon's beaches, rivers, lakes and other waterbodies.

Please browse these notices and advisories detailing the date, location and specifics of contamination or toxin for recreational areas in Oregon. 

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Harmful Algae Bloom Advisories  |  Beach Advisories  |  Fish Advisories

Harmful Algae Bloom Advisories
The Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance program advises the public when a harmful algae bloom has been detected in a lake or river. Not all blooms are harmful, but some species of algae, such as cyanobacteria or blue-green algae, can produce toxins that can cause serious illness in pets, livestock, wildlife and humans.

 2014 Harmful Algae Bloom Advisories


Beach Advisories
Oregon's Beach Monitoring Program helps protect people who play in coastal waters. The program does water testing from Memorial Day in May through Labor Day in September to look for high levels of bacteria and lets visitors know when there is a health concern. An advisory posted on an Oregon Beach Monitoring program sign at the beach or on this website is a recommendation to the public to avoid water contact in areas where bacteria results have exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) standards for recreational water contact.
Browse the list below or check current beach conditions for more details.

 2014 Beach Advisories


Fish Advisories

Fish advisories are designed to help you gain the health benefits of eating fish while protecting you and your family from contaminants like mercury and PCBs that are sometimes found in fish. Pregnant or nursing women, women who wish to become pregnant in the future, small children and people with compromised immune systems are most affected by contaminants in fish and benefit the most from following advisories.

View current Oregon fish advisories and consumption guidelines.

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