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.
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.
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.
all beaches are open to enjoy, DHS recommends the following healthy water
- 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
- Always wear a life jacket for floating on the
Russian River or any boating activity
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/