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Eurobodalla Beachwatch Program

The Beachwatch Program, in partnership with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, is undertaken every year from the start of November to the end of March, with five samples collected each month from 11 popular beaches.

Beach sampling locations

  • Last sample date: 19 January 2021
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Cookies Beach

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • Cookies Beach - southern end adjacent to caravan park and boat ramp.

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • onsite sewerage management systems
  • bushland.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via intermittently flowing creek with low volume discharge
  • pollution from vessels at sea.

Caseys Beach

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • northern end of Caseys Beach.

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • reticulated sewerage system and pump stations
  • onsite sewerage management systems.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via intermittently flowing creek with low volume discharge
  • public toilet on beach reserve
  • in upper catchment
  • pollution from vessels at sea and in estuary.

Surf Beach

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • Centre of Surf Beach.

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • reticulated sewerage system and pump stations
  • landfill leachate
  • Wimbie and Surf Beach creeks
  • sewer treatment plant outfall.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via intermittently flowing creek with low volume discharge (+ SW drainage pipe on north end)
  • public toilet on beach reserve
  • intermittently flowing creek (low volume)
  • remote effective ocean outfall
  • pollution from vessels at sea.

Malua Bay

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • Malua Bay Beach adjacent to surf club.

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • reticulated sewerage system and pump stations
  • onsite sewerage management systems in upper catchment.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via intermittently flowing creeks with low volume discharge
  • public toilet on beach reserve
  • pollution from vessels at sea.

Broulee North

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • Candalagan Creek between Coronation Drive and beach.

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • reticulated sewerage system and pump stations
  • rural land-use.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via estuary with medium volume discharge
  • pollution from vessels at sea.

Bengello Beach

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • Bengello Beach - adjacent to surf club.

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • reticulated sewerage system and pump stations
  • rural land-use.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via estuary with medium volume discharge
  • pollution from vessels at sea.

Shelley Beach

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • Shelley Beach.

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • reticulated sewerage system and pump stations
  • sewer treatment plant outfall to Moruya River.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via estuary with large volume discharge
  • remote short outfall
  • pollution from vessels at sea or in river.

Tuross Main Beach

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • Tuross Main Beach - 200m south of Tuross Head (via walkway from toilets).

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • onsite sewerage management systems in upper catchment
  • reticulated sewer system and pump stations
  • intense cattle grazing and rural land-use.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via estuary with large volume discharge
  • pollution from vessels at sea and in estuary.

Brou Beach

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • 100 metres north of Mummaga Lake entrance.

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • industrial estate stormwater
  • reticulated sewerage system and pump stations
  • rural land-use.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via intermittent coastal closing opening lagoons with large volume discharge
  • pollution from vessels at sea.

Narooma shark net

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • netted ocean pool at northern breakwall.

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • onsite sewerage management systems
  • reticulated sewer system and pump stations
  • rural land-use
  • sewer treatment plant.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via estuary with high volume discharge
  • pollution from vessels at sea or in the inlet
  • remote effective ocean outfall.

Narooma Main Beach

Rating: 4 star rating

'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

Location:

  • Narooma main beach - adjacent to surf club.

Potential pollution sources and catchment use:

  • urban stormwater
  • industrial estate stormwater
  • golf course run-off
  • reticulated sewerage system and pump stations.

Pollution - mode of impact:

  • via intermittent coastal closing opening lagoons with medium volume discharge
  • pollution from vessels at sea.

Water quality guidelines

To determine whether water quality is safe for swimming, beaches are assessed in accordance with 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.

1 star rating 'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.

3 star rating 'Fair' rating: 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: bacterial levels indicate a substantially increased risk of illness to bathers.

'Bad' rating: 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 information

  • Following wet weather, swimmers should avoid swimming up to three days after rain, and when the water looks murky and unclean. Stormwater washes pollutants from the catchment into waterways, which can impact water quality.
  • All beachgoers can help protect the pristine nature of our beaches and estuaries by collecting and removing litter.
  • The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment provides Beachwatch Program information, including the State of the Beaches Report.

We can help you

If you need more information about our Beachwatch Program, please contact our Public and Environmental Health Team: