EPA monitors marine and freshwater quality at locations across Victoria. 

Marine water monitoring and Beach Report

The marine monitoring program aims to:

  • assess water quality  
  • identify and investigate risks, like pollution
  • protect and improve water quality.

We monitor marine water quality through:

  • fixed sites – data is summarised in the annual Report Card
  • Beach Report, which checks water quality at our beaches 
  • daily water monitoring on board the Spirit of Tasmania 
  • responding to pollution reports
  • marine research.

bar-ba-ka is EPA's 'floating lab'.

Beach Report and swimming

We urge you to check the Beach Report before swimming.

You can also sign up for a free SMS service. You’ll get a text when the water at a beach near you is forecast to have poor quality.

Water quality forecasts are also on our Twitter feed. Follow @EPA_Victoria.

Freshwater monitoring and Yarra Watch

The freshwater monitoring program aims to:

  • identify and characterise risks from emerging contaminants
  • protect and improve water quality.

We monitor freshwater quality through:

  • our emerging contaminants program
  • Yarra Watch, which checks water quality at four swimming sites
  • responding to pollution events
  • freshwater research.

Yarra Watch

EPA will partner with Melbourne Water to forecast water quality at four spots along the Yarra River. These are:

  • Healesville
  • Kew 
  • Launching Place
  • Warrandyte. 

These forecasts are available on Yarra Watch.

Report Card

Report Card provides a snapshot of water quality in Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, the Gippsland Lakes and the waterways in their catchments.

The 2018-19 Report Card is available on our website. Report Cards from previous years are available by contacting us while we move this information over to our new website. 

Read more about water quality monitoring

Reviewed 15 September 2020