Current alerts affecting Port Phillip Bay and its associated water catchments

Avoid water in Stony Creek, Yarraville

Issued Monday, 10 August 2020 at 12:30 pm

A burst water main has caused  milky-grey discolouration in Stony Creek between Charlotte and Francis Street, Yarraville. Avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Avoid water in Merlynston Creek and Jack Roper Reserve, Broadmeadows

Issued Sunday, 9 August 2020 at 12 pm

EPA is supporting Fire Rescue Victoria respond to a fire on National Boulevard, Campbellfield.  A large amount of firewater has entered Merlynston Creek, and Jack Roper Reserve Lake may become affected.  Avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Avoid water in Kororoit Creek, Sunshine West

Issued Wednesday, 5 August 2020 at 4:10 pm

EPA officers are investigating potential diesel impacts to Kororoit Creek following a truck accident on Somerville Road, Sunshine West. Avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Avoid water in Merri Creek, Brunswick East

Issued Wednesday, 5 August 2020 at 10.55 am

EPA officers are investigating foam flowing from a drain into Merri Creek near Alister Street, Brunswick East. Avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Avoid water in Edgars Creek, Thomastown

Issued Wednesday, 29 July 2020 at 9.30 am

Firewater from an industrial fire entered Edgars Creek, Thomastown downstream of the Western Ring Road on 28/07/2020. EPA is currently investigating. Avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Avoid water in Kororoit Creek, Altona North

Issued Friday, 17 July 2020 at 9.00 am

EPA officers are investigating a rainbow sheen and sludge with a hydrocarbon odour flowing from a drain into Kororoit Creek in GJ Hosken Reserve, Altona North. Avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Report of discoloured water in Stony Creek, Braybrook

Issued Tuesday, 14 July 2020 at 9.00 am

EPA has received a report of discoloured water in Stony Creek, near Matthews Hill Reserve, Braybrook. EPA is investigating. Avoid contact until further notice by EPA Victoria.

Avoid water in Cherry Creek and Lake, Altona

Issued Thursday, 2 July 2020 at 12.30 pm

There has been a large fire at a site in Altona North that has now been contained. EPA is currently investigating. Some fire water may have been released to Cherry Creek. Precautionary advice is to avoid contact with Cherry Creek (up and downstream of Kororoit Creek Road) and Cherry Lake until further notice.

PFAS risk assessment on fish in Maribyrnong River

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.

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Avoid water in Stony Creek

Issued Friday, 31 August 2018 at 6.30 pm

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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Reviewed 10 August 2020