Beach Monitoring Feedback Needed

The Oregon Health Authority’s Beach Monitoring Program invites public comment on a list of beaches it is proposing to monitor this summer.

The program works with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to determine beaches that need monitoring based on several established criteria. These criteria include pollution hazards present, previous beach monitoring data that identify water quality concerns, type and amount of beach use, and public input.

OHA routinely re-evaluates beaches and sampling locations to ensure available resources best protect public health. Based on the program’s evaluation criteria, the proposed beaches for 2017 monitoring season are:

Seaside Beach, Clatsop County:

Cannon Beach, Clatsop County:

Tolovana State Park Beach, Clatsop County:

Short Sand State Park Beach, Tillamook County:

Rockaway Beach, Tillamook County:

Twins Rocks Beach, Tillamook County:

Neskowin State Park Beach, Tillamook County:

D River State Park Beach, Lincoln County:

Beverly Beach, Lincoln County:

Agate State Park Beach, Lincoln County:

Nye Beach, Lincoln County:

Seal Rock State Park Beach, Lincoln County:

Heceta Beach, Lane County:

Bastendorff Beach, Coos County:

Sunset Bay State Park Beach, Coos County:

Hubbard Creek Beach, Curry County:

Harris Beach State Park, Curry County:

Crissey Field State Park, Curry County:

A copy of the 2017 beach evaluation report is available on the OHA website at

The proposed list includes some of the most frequently visited beaches in Oregon, as well as beaches where the program has found bacteria present, or beaches for which local partners and the public have requested monitoring due to potential pollution concerns.

“We do our best to align program resources to monitor as many beaches as possible,” said Tara Chetock, program coordinator. “However, with more than 360 miles of coastline, more than 90 beaches and just one full-time sampling technician, we cannot monitor them all.”

The list of the 2016 monitored beaches and sampling schedule is available on the program’s website atÂ

OHA will accept public comments and suggestions on the proposed 2017 beaches through May 8. Comments can be submitted by email at or by calling 971-673-0400.

Information provided by OHA