Eurobodalla Beachwatch Program
The Beachwatch program is undertaken every year from the start of November to the end of March with five samples collected each month from 11 popular beaches.
The sites monitored include 10 ocean beaches and a netted beach just within the break walls of Wagonga Inlet.
Beach sampling locations
These sites have been monitored during summer since 2002/2003:
Water quality guidelines
To determine whether water quality is safe for swimming, Eurobodalla Shire Council uses the National Health and Medical Research Council's Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Waters (NHMRC, 2008). The NHMRC 2008 guidelines advocate enterococci as the single preferred indicator organism for the detection of faecal contamination in recreational waters.
- 'Good' rating 4 stars - bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.
- 'Fair' rating 3 stars - bacterial levels indicate an increased risk of illness to bathers, particularly those with lower immune function such as the elderly and young children.
- 'Poor' rating 2 stars - bacterial levels indicate a substantially increased risk of illness to bathers.
- 'Bad' rating 1 star - bacterial levels indicate a substantially increased risk of illness to bathers.
The majority of the tested sites consistently complied with these guidelines during summer.
Other important information
- Following wet weather, caution should be exercised when choosing a swimming location as rainfall often washes pollutants from the immediate catchment and can pollute waters.
- All beachgoers can help protect the pristine nature of our beaches and estuaries by collecting and removing litter
- NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Beachwatch Program information, including the State of the Beaches report