Nichols Natural Area

Hood River, Oregon

The Nichols Natural Area is the southern end of the Nichols Boat basin at the former site of the Nichols Boatworks. Columbia Riverkeeper holds a conservation easement to restore this three-acre former industrial site on the Columbia River in Hood River, OR. Through a community-led effort, Riverkeeper is restoring native plants and creating a vibrant, healthy riparian habitat. The site is an excellent resource for outdoor education. With a focus on inclusion and engaging diverse communities, Riverkeeper is developing a living laboratory and engaging students to use the Natural Area as a tool for environmental education.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 24th, 2018. Columbia Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Nichols Natural Area is sampled weekly from May 20th to September 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Oregon state water quality standard provides that a single sample shall not exceed 406 E.coli colonies/100 mL of water and the geometric mean of 5 samples within 30 days shall not exceed 126 colonies/100 mL. The EPA recommended standard is more protective and provides that a single sample shall not exceed 235 colonies/100mL and the geometric mean of 5 samples within 30 days shall not exceed 126 colonies/100mL.

The Swim Guide will utilize the EPA standard for Oregon beaches.

There is currently very limited water quality monitoring of Oregon's inland swim beaches. The federal Beach Act does not cover freshwater or riverine beaches, and the state of Oregon does not monitor swim beaches or recreation sites on the Columbia. Columbia Riverkeeper monitors recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge through their Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. Most sites are sampled monthly and high priority sites are sampled weekly from June-September.

The Swim Guide's safety ratings are based solely on E.coli levels. While E.coli concentration is a useful indicator of fecal contamination, there are many other potential sources of pollution that are not reflected in the Swim Guide. These include other bacteria, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides that may harm aquatic life. On the Columbia and other salmon rivers, high temperatures threaten fish that need cold water. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about the Columbia River, visit www.columbiariverkeeper.org.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Nichols Natural Area

Hood River, Oregon

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 24th, 2018. Columbia Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

The Nichols Natural Area is the southern end of the Nichols Boat basin at the former site of the Nichols Boatworks. Columbia Riverkeeper holds a conservation easement to restore this three-acre former industrial site on the Columbia River in Hood River, OR. Through a community-led effort, Riverkeeper is restoring native plants and creating a vibrant, healthy riparian habitat. The site is an excellent resource for outdoor education. With a focus on inclusion and engaging diverse communities, Riverkeeper is developing a living laboratory and engaging students to use the Natural Area as a tool for environmental education.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Nichols Natural Area is sampled weekly from May 20th to September 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Oregon state water quality standard provides that a single sample shall not exceed 406 E.coli colonies/100 mL of water and the geometric mean of 5 samples within 30 days shall not exceed 126 colonies/100 mL. The EPA recommended standard is more protective and provides that a single sample shall not exceed 235 colonies/100mL and the geometric mean of 5 samples within 30 days shall not exceed 126 colonies/100mL.

The Swim Guide will utilize the EPA standard for Oregon beaches.

There is currently very limited water quality monitoring of Oregon's inland swim beaches. The federal Beach Act does not cover freshwater or riverine beaches, and the state of Oregon does not monitor swim beaches or recreation sites on the Columbia. Columbia Riverkeeper monitors recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge through their Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. Most sites are sampled monthly and high priority sites are sampled weekly from June-September.

The Swim Guide's safety ratings are based solely on E.coli levels. While E.coli concentration is a useful indicator of fecal contamination, there are many other potential sources of pollution that are not reflected in the Swim Guide. These include other bacteria, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides that may harm aquatic life. On the Columbia and other salmon rivers, high temperatures threaten fish that need cold water. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about the Columbia River, visit www.columbiariverkeeper.org.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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