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Four county beaches to be monitored for bacteria

Seaside Beach is one of four in the county that will be monitored for bacterial outbreaks.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Environmental Quality plan to monitor many of the state’s most popular beaches for bacteria this summer, including four in Clatsop County.

The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program includes some of the most frequently visited beaches in Oregon as well as any beach where the program has found bacteria in the past. Several groups also have asked for monitoring due to potential pollution concerns, program managers said.

County beaches on the list are Seaside Beach, Cannon Beach, Tolovana State Park Beach, and Short Sand State Park Beach in Arch Cape.

Sixteen other beaches from Tillamook County to the California border are included on the list this year.

Beach monitoring runs from mid-May to mid-September. Beach advisories are issued for beaches that are actively being monitored within the date range.

The monitoring program determines which beaches need monitoring based on established criteria, including the presence of pollution hazards, previous water quality concerns, type and amount of beach use, and public input.

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