Report Card provides a snapshot of water quality in Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, the Gippsland Lakes and the waterways in their catchments.
Water quality in 2018–19
During 2018-19, water quality in Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, the Gippsland Lakes and the waterways in their catchments was similar to previous years, or in some cases, slightly better.
Water quality was generally good in rivers and streams in forested areas of the upper catchment. It declined as waterways moved through rural, agricultural and urban areas.
In the bays and lakes, water quality was mostly good in areas that can mix with the open ocean. It was worse where rivers transport pollutants from urban and industrial areas.
Improving water quality
During 2018–19, the Victorian Government, community and other groups worked to develop and implement effective policy and projects to improve water quality in Victoria’s waterways and bays, including:
- DELWP's Water for Victoria Water Plan, in particular the Integrated Water Management Framework
- Lake Wellington Land and Water Management Plan
- Melbourne Water's Healthy Waterways Strategy 2018–2028
- Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan
- State Environment Protection Policy (Waters)
- Waterway health projects across the state, including East Gippsland and West Gippsland.
The Victorian Government, community and other groups continue to monitor water quality to assess the health of Victoria’s waterways, estuaries and bays. For further information:
- DELWP surface water monitoring and Index of Estuary Condition
- EPA Victoria water quality monitoring
- Melbourne Water Waterway water quality monitoring
- Waterwatch and EstuaryWatch.
Reviewed 15 September 2020