CANNON BEACH — The state has lifted a health advisory for Cannon Beach and Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site.

The Oregon Health Authority issued the advisory on Tuesday after water samples off the Gower Street storm outflow and in the ocean water off Tolovana showed high levels of fecal bacteria.

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The state has lifted a health advisory for fecal bacteria in Cannon Beach.

On Thursday, further testing revealed those levels had dropped back down.

“Contact with the ocean water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk,” according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Cannon Beach officials say a spike in fecal bacteria is expected when heavy rains follow a long stretch of dry weather. In these cases, the higher-than-usual amount of fecal bacteria in the water is often tied to wildlife.

The advisory came after a rainy weekend on the North Coast.

Katie Frankowicz is a reporter for The Astorian. Contact her at 971-704-1723 or