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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Caseys and Surfside score POOR in Annual State of the beaches reporting

The yearly report on how Beachwatch has been working to improve water quality at NSW beaches and swimming sites. Caseys Beach and Surf Beach were graded as Poor in 2021–2022. Elevated bacterial levels were recorded during dry weather conditions, and increased following rainfall. Microbial water quality at these beaches has continued to decline for several years, with microbial water quality at Caseys Beach crossing the threshold from Good to Poor. While there was a slightly higher proportion of samples collected during wet weather when compared to the 20202021 assessment, the continued decline in microbial water quality requires further investigation. Eurobodalla Shire Council is conducting investigations to identify the source of microbial contamination contributing to poor water quality at Surf Beach, and will be undertaking investigations at Caseys Beach in the near future.

Beachwatch publishes the annual State of the beaches report at the start of the summer swimming season in October each year. The report summarises Beachwatch activities over the previous year and the water quality at all monitored swimming sites in New South Wales.

Beachwatch has produced the State of the beaches annual report detailing its activities and data since the program began in 1989–90. All reports are available on the website.

State of the beaches 2021–22

This report summarises the performance of 214 swimming sites along the NSW coast in 2021–2022, providing a long-term assessment of how suitable a site is for swimming.

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