ALSEA RIVER BEACH, Ore. — A health advisory is in effect after higher-than-normal bacteria levels were found at Lincoln County beach.
The Oregon Health Authority issues the advisory for Alsea River Beach on Thursday. The Health Authority says the higher-than-normal level was found in the river upstream of the Alsea Bay Bridge.
Samples taken from the river in this area are considered marine samples because of the heavy influence of the ocean tide that increases the river’s salinity level.
Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses.
While this advisory is in effect at Alsea River Recreation Area Beach, visitors should avoid direct contact with water in this area, especially children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria. For more information, contact the Beach Monitoring Program at 1-877-290-6767.