Santa Rosa, CA – July 7, 2017 – Follow-up
testing of samples taken from Monte Rio Beach continue to show elevated levels of
coliform bacteria. The beach remains closed and signs advising the public to
avoid swimming, wading or water contact remain posted in accordance with state
analyzed samples collected on Thursday, July 6th and received
results today. Test results for total coliform was 10,462 organisms per 100 ml
and E. coli results was 110 organisms
per 100 ml. 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, some coliform bacteria are pathogens
and 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/