Public Comments Requested by May 8 on Proposed Beaches to Monitor in 2017
The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) is soliciting public comments on beaches to monitor for the 2017 season. OBMP routinely re-evaluates monitored beaches based on several established criteria, including public comments.
See the press release for more information and proposed beaches.
Changes for the 2017 Monitoring Season
OBMP has adopted a new beach action value (BAV) for bacteria of 70 MPN that will be used as the basis for public health advisories for the 2017 monitoring season. Additional information is available on OBMP's New Beach Action Value webpage.
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 sampling data on EPA's Beach Advisory and Closing On-Line Notification webpage.