Results of water samples taken from Tillamook Bay indicate there was no impact on water quality in the bay from the release of treated manure waste at the Regenis facility. As a result, analysts with the Oregon Department of Agriculture shellfish and food safety programs have determined that the release does not pose a health risk and no action is required by shellfish harvesters.
Water samples taken from the outfall pipe at Anderson Creek did show elevated levels of e coli, but downstream tests did not show elevated e coli levels. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is working with the Port of Tillamook Bay on ways to further contain the contaminated water at the outfall.
The ODA will continue to monitor water quality in the bay by taking additional samples and testing for potential contamination.