Current alerts affecting Port Phillip Bay and its associated water catchments:
Issued Tuesday, 21 January 2020 AT 1:00 PM
There have been confirmed reports of a cloudy brown substance discharging into Parkdale Beach near Parkers Road, Parkdale. EPA is currently investigating. Avoid contact until further notice.
Issued Friday, 17 January 2020 AT 1:00 PM
White foam pollution has been reported in Gardiners Creek near Glengarry Ave, Burwood. EPA is currently investigating. Avoid contact until further notice.
Issued Friday, 17 January 2020 AT 10:00 AM
Melbourne Water is planning a 'summer fresh' water release into the Yarra River from the 22nd January to the 3rd February. Peak flows of up to 750 megalitres per day are expected at Warrandyte around the 28th and 29th January. Final details will be released on Tuesday the 21st of January. For more information call 131 722 or visit https://www.melbournewater.com.au.
Issued Thursday, 16 January 2020 AT 3:30 PM
Fish deaths have been confirmed at Werribee River, near Werribee Park Golf Club. Victorian Fisheries Authority and EPA Victoria are investigating. Avoid contact with water until further notice by EPA.
Issued Thursday, 16 January 2020 AT 2:00 PM
A hydrocarbon discharge has been confirmed at Stony Creek near St Leonards Ave, Yarraville. EPA is currently investigating. Avoid all contact until further notice.
Issued Wednesday, 15 January 2020 AT 12:30 PM
A sewage spill has been confirmed near 30 Lenne Street, Beaconsfield Upper. Impact to a nearby dam has been confirmed. Sewage may have entered Stoney Creek. EPA and South East Water are currently investigating. Avoid contact with creek water until further notice.
Issued Tuesday, 7 May 2019 AT 2:00 PM
EPA has conducted a risk assessment on levels of PFAS in fish caught from the Maribyrnong River. As a result EPA recommends anglers don’t consume fish caught from the Maribyrnong River upstream of Solomons Ford in Avondale Heights to Deep Creek at Bulla, and within all of Arundel Creek.
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.