Santa Rosa, CA – July 6, 2017 – Recent
bacterial testing of Russian River beaches indicated elevated levels of
coliform bacteria at Monte Rio Beach. Today, in accordance with state
guidelines, the Department of Health Services (DHS) Environmental Health staff
posted ‘warning-closure’ signs at the Monte Rio Beach. The closure sign advises
the public “no swimming, wading or water contact” should occur at this
samples were collected today, and DHS will continue to resample. If results
show that these levels drop below state guideline levels, the beach will reopen
to the public. Environmental Health conducts weekly sampling of 10 beaches
along the Russian River for fresh water quality.
are tested for levels of total coliform and E.
coli (Eschericha coli) bacteria
as indicators of water quality. Sampling for the presence of these bacteria is
an effective way of monitoring the overall well-being of recreational waters.
conducted two rounds of testing earlier this week. On July 3, test results for
total coliform was 10,462 organisms per 100 ml and E. coli results was 41 organisms per 100 ml. Additional samples
were collected on July 5. The follow up tests found that total coliform was
11,199 and E. coli was 833. State
guidelines and DHS protocol specify that any level above 10,000 organisms per
100 ml for total coliform or 235 organism per 100 ml for E. coli require posting of signage.
are bacteria that live in the intestinal tracts of warm-blooded animals,
including humans, and therefore indicate possible contamination of water by
fecal waste. At significant levels this bacteria could indicate that other
disease-causing agents are present. Additionally, these pathogens at certain
levels can sicken swimmers and others who use the river.
addition to not swimming at the Monte Rio beach until further notice, DHS
recommends the following healthy water habits:
- Do not drink river water. Do not cook or wash
dishes with river water.
- Wash yourself and your family, including any
pets, with clean water after river play.
- Bring fresh water for your dog and do not let
them drink river water.
- If you have concerns regarding your family or
pet's health, contact your healthcare provider or veterinarian.
more information regarding the status of the Russian River, call the recorded
beach hotline at (707) 565-6552 or visit DHS’ website: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Environmental-Health/Water-Quality/Fresh-Water-Quality/