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Oregon lifts advisory at Sunset Bay: 'The water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk'

Sunset Bay State Park - Oregon State Parks photo

COOS BAY, Ore. - Water samples show the ocean water at Sunset Bay State Park Beach no longer poses a risk due to fecal bacteria levels.

The Oregon Health Authority had urged the public to avoid the water after tests found higher-than-normal levels in the water.

A new round of tests led the state to lift the advisory.

"Contact with the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk," the state said in a statement. "However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter."

The state has monitored water quality of popular Oregon beaches since 2003 with the support of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant.

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