State lifts bacteria advisories at two Oregon beaches

SEASIDE, Ore. - It's safe to go in the water again.

Public health officials on Friday lifted advisories to avoid the water at two beaches in Seaside and Cannon Beach.

The advisories were issued on Thursday after public health workers doing routine testing found elevated bacteria levels in the water. That bacteria could cause health problems for people who touch the water, including rashes or stomach issues.

Test on Friday showed the bacteria levels had gone down and it was safe again to go in the water, according to an Oregon Health Authority spokesman.

The advisory had only applied to contact with the water, not visiting or playing on the beach itself. The specific beaches were located at 12th Avenue in Seaside and near Ecola Court in Cannon Beach.

For the past decade state officials have routinely monitored beaches for elevated levels of fecal bacteria.