Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, Oregon’s United States Senators, announced that they had acquired $215,000 from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency for Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to test levels of bacteria in water at Oregon beaches.
“Families have been making memories at Oregon’s beaches and shores for generations,” Merkley said as part of the announcement. “I’m pleased that this grant funding is making its way to our state so we can monitor the quality of our waters, promote safety, and support this special Oregon tradition.”
“Our state’s world-renowned beaches are synonymous with great recreation and a fun getaway for Oregonians and tourists alike,” Wyden said. “These federal resources to support water monitoring will help ensure all those activities and more continue in a safe environment for beach-lovers of all ages.”
“Oregon’s beaches are some of the most beautiful and rugged in the world,” ODEQ Director Richard Whitman said. “This grant funding will help assure that our coasts continue to be healthy places to visit and enjoy,” ODEQ Director Richard Whitman said.
Merkley is the only member of Oregon’s congressional delegation to serve on an appropriations committee. He has sought funding for bacterial monitoring of coastal waters for many years, and says he is very pleased to have finally achieved it.
By John M. Burt