Eurobodalla’s beaches have been opened to swimmers after testing found water quality to have improved across the shire, but caution is advised.
Waterways and beaches will continue to be impacted for some time after heavy rains washed fire debris into creeks, rivers, lakes and oceans – avoid swimming where water remains murky and discoloured. There are also logs and other materials in the water and these may prove dangerous to swimmers and watercraft.
The beaches near the river mouths of the Tuross and Moruya Rivers are among the most heavily impacted, with ash, burnt timber and logs present. In addition, high tides are leaving significant amounts of seaweed on beaches. Both Eurobodalla Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service continue to monitor the situation. Council undertakes regular testing of water quality and notifies the community of adverse results.
Debris will continue to accumulate on Eurobodalla’s beaches but our waterways and 143 kilometres of coastline will clear of organic material as a part of natural environmental cycles. Anyone finding litter and rubbish, particularly plastic, can assist by collecting it for disposal. Any risks to public safety can be reported to Council on 4474 1000.
Above: Although water quality has improved and Eurobodalla’s beaches are open for swimming, caution is advised and areas of murky and discoloured water avoided. Logs and debris can pose a risk to swimmers and watercraft.