Released by: Health Services
For Immediate Release

Monte Rio Reopens, Latest Results Show Coliform Bacteria Levels Reduced

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 12, 2017  –  The Department of Health Services (DHS) is re-opening Monte Rio Beach after follow-up testing of samples taken showed diminished levels of coliform bacteria. DHS will remove the closure signs placed at the beach. The beach is open and safe to swim in.

Test results for total coliform and E. coli were both below the state guidelines and DHS protocol. These guidelines 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. DHS initially closed the beach on July 6th due to elevated levels of bacteria that exceeded these guidelines. 

Results will be posted on our website: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Environmental-Health/Water-Quality/Fresh-Water-Quality/. DHS will continue to test every week at the most popular beaches along the Russian River. 

While all beaches are open to enjoy, 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.
  • Actively supervise children in or near water.
  • Do not bring alcohol to the beach or for boating activities.
  • Always wear a life jacket for floating on the Russian River or any boating activity

For 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/


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