A health advisory was issued Thursday for D River Beach after tests came back with unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) declared the warning for fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses.
Children, elderly and those with a compromised immune system should use extra caution as they are more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.
According to OHA, high levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters can can happen from multiple sources, such as stormwater runoff, failing septic systems, animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.
While this advisory is in effect at D River Beach, state officials continue to encourage other recreational activities on this beach, saying they pose no health risk even during an advisory.
Ocean waters will be re-tested and once bacteria levels are at a safe level, OHA will notify the public.