CANNON BEACH — A recreational use health advisory has been lifted in Cannon Beach just in time for Labor Day weekend after recent testing showed fecal bacteria levels have subsided.
The Oregon Health Authority issued the advisory Wednesday after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters. A specific source was never identified, however.
High readings in ocean waters can come from sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, as well as animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife, according to the health authority.
Contact with ocean water no longer poses a health risk, though officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds and runoff from those pools as the water may still contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.
Contact with waterborne bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses, according to the health authority.