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D River health advisory is lifted

D River
Chris Lehman
Health officials have lifted an advisory for D River beach in Lincoln City.

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted an advisory for the D River Beach in Lincoln City. The agency issued a warning last week after routine testing showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in the water there.

Follow-up tests by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality show a return to normal levels, and health officials say ocean water contact no longer poses a risk.

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," according to a news release from the Oregon Health Authority.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”