Current alerts affecting Port Phillip Bay and its associated water catchments:
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 AT 1:30 PM
A pollution spill has been reported in Gardiners Creek, Box Hill. EPA is currently investigating and officers are on site. Avoid contact with the waterway until further notice.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 AT 2:30 PM
A sewer spill has been reported at Earimil Creek and Earimil Beach North near Earimil Drive, Mount Eliza. Avoid swimming and other contact until further notice.
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.