EPA Victoria’s summer time water quality forecasting service, Beach Report and Yarra Watch, ended on Monday 10 March 2014 and will return at the start of summer on 1 December 2014.
During the off-season you’re encouraged to visit the website to check for alert information on potential pollution and spills, fish deaths and algal blooms in the Bay and the Yarra River and its catchments.
If you’re swimming in Port Phillip Bay or the Yarra River (above the Gipps St Bridge area in Abbottsford) outside of the Beach Report or YarraWatch seasons, always use your judgment.
If the water looks murky, discoloured or has an odour, avoid swimming. It is also recommended not to swim near stormwater drains or river outlets 24-48 hours after heavy rainfall as outflows can contain debris and dirty water.
Outside of Beach Report and YarraWatch season, EPA continues to investigate reports of suspected algal blooms, pollution events and fish deaths. Keep an eye on the alert section of this website. You can also report these types of incidents to EPA’s Pollution Hotline 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).
For the summary of the 2013-14 Beach Report and Yarra Watch season please see here.