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Current alerts affecting Port Phillip Bay and its associated water catchments:

  • Issued Wednesday, 6 March 2019 AT 11:00 AM

    Algal blooms are affecting the Hobson Bay area within Port Phillip Bay. Recreational shellfish collectors are advised not to eat shellfish from the area until further notice. If the water looks murky or discolored, people are advised to avoid contact as it may cause skin irritation. If contact does occur, wash with clean water. EPA Victoria is working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to manage the risk.

  • Issued Friday, 1 March 2019 AT 2:00 PM

    A blue green algal bloom is affecting Lake Carramar, Patterson Lakes. Melbourne Water are monitoring the site. If the water looks murky or discoloured, people are advised to avoid contact as it may cause skin irritation. If contact does occur, wash with clean water.

  • Issued Monday, 11 February 2019 AT 9:30 AM

    A Blue Green algae bloom is affecting the retarding basin at the Kingswood Golf Course in Dingley. Melbourne Water are monitoring the site. If the water looks murky or discoloured, people are advised to avoid contact as it may cause skin irritation. If contact does occur, wash with clean water.

  • Issued Friday, 8 February 2019 AT 4:30 PM

    An ongoing pollution event is occurring at Brighton Beach near Park Street. If there are signs of pollution, people are advised to avoid contact. EPA is currently investigating

  • Issued Friday, 8 February 2019 AT 12:30 PM

    An Blue Green Algae bloom is affecting the Werribee River near the Maltby bypass. Melbourne Water will be monitoring the bloom. If the water looks murky or discoloured, people are advised to avoid contact as it may cause skin irritation. If contact does occur, wash with clean water.

  • Issued Tuesday, 25 September 2018 AT 2:00 PM

    EPA has conducted a preliminary risk assessment of data provided by Melbourne Airport about levels of PFAS at the airport and in surrounding waterways including Arundel Creek, Steele Creek, Deep Creek, Jackson Creek and Maribyrnong River. As a precautionary measure EPA recommends anglers don’t fish in the Maribyrnong River upstream of the Calder Freeway to Deep Creek at Bulla and within all of Arundel Creek at this stage. EPA also recommends, again as a precaution, people avoid swimming in the water and keep pets away from these waterways.
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  • Issued Friday, 31 August 2018 AT 6:30 PM

    Avoid water in Stony Creek. As a precaution consider avoiding eating fish from Stony Creek and Lower Yarra until further notice.

    A large industrial fire at West Footscray has led to significant amounts of fire water running into Stony Creek. EPA testing has found a range of chemicals in the water including detergents, industrial solvents such as phenol and a group of volatile industrial solvent compounds called BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) and fire combustion by-products (polyaromatic hydrocarbons). This explains the odour in Stony Creek and fish deaths and reinforces our message to avoid the area. We are not testing for asbestos in water because the risk to humans in water is low.

    Water quality monitoring has not detected pollution from fire water in the Lower Yarra River and Hobsons Bay.

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