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Estuaries of Eurobodalla

Estuaries are areas of transition between the land and the sea with environmental, social and economic importance. All major estuaries of Eurobodalla Shire are tourist destinations and are valued for the recreational opportunities they provide. This high level of human impact means that some estuaries are subject to potential environmental degradation.

Estuaries are also one of the most important natural assets in Eurobodalla Shire. They support many diverse ecosystems including mangroves, saltmarshes, seagrasses and sandy shoals. These areas function as natural sediment and nutrient filters contributing to cleaner water in the coastal zone.

Our estuaries are highly productive places and provide breeding, spawning and nursery areas for fish, and foraging areas for birds.

The following links provide information that you can read on specific estuaries, and how they are being strategically managed.

You can also see the Estuary Health Water Quality Report Cards for Eurobodalla, and a review of Environmental Factors (REF) and entrance management policies for Eurobodalla's lakes:

Tomaga River Estuary

Council has developed a Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Tomaga River Estuary, which identifies projects and initiatives aimed at protecting and restoring the environment.

Batemans Bay and Clyde River Estuary

The Batemans Bay and Clyde River Estuary Management Study provides a program of strategic actions that help to sustain a healthy estuary.

Narooma Wagonga Inlet

Council has developed an Estuary Management Study and Plan for Wagonga Inlet, which is aimed at protecting water quality within the inlet.

Tuross River Estuary and Coila Lake

Tuross River Estuary is recognised for its ecological importance. Read about the Tuross and Coila Lakes Management Program and the Tuross Water Quality Improvement Plan.

Moruya Deua River Estuary

The Moruya/Deua River Estuary Management Plan identifies and prioritises the strategies required for the future management of the estuary.

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Estuary health and water quality monitoring

Council helps to protect and manage our estuaries through the Eurobodalla Estuary Ecosystem Health and Water Quality Monitoring Program.

Lake entrance opening policies

Council has the responsibility for the management of most entrances to coastal lakes, which is a balance between maintaining natural process and preventing flooding of assets.