Poop water rears Cannon Beach health alert!

Update number two: Cannon Beach water declared safe again. 

Bummed beachgoers have been warned to stay out of the water by Oregon health officials. 

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Cannon Beach. Similar warnings have been issued for Agate Beach and Nye Beach. 

According to the agency, "Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria."

The source of the poop water problem has not been identified, and possible suspects include: "stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife."

Updated information can be found on the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website or by calling call 971-673-0482.



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