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Water quality at Tuggerah Lakes and Terrigal
November 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Date to be determined
Water quality is a major concern for residents of the central coast, with popular swimming sites at Terrigal and Tuggerah Lakes having received a rating of ‘poor’ in a number of annual State of the Beaches reports.
The NSW Government and Central Coast Council have been working on a number of actions to address water quality at these locations. Join us to hear about the Terrigal Water Quality Audit and the work Central Coast Council has been doing at Tuggerah Lakes.
Terrigal water quality audit
Presented by Colin Johnson, Senior Scientist with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Science Division, we will hear about this innovative approach to assessing the sources of pollution affecting water quality at Terrigal Beach and The Haven. The audit built on an extensive water quality testing regime to use state of the art DNA markers to determine the source of microbial pollution. This testing examined the effects of sewage overflows, bird feces and run-off from dog parks within the catchment. Further details of the audit can be found here: Terrigal water quality audit.
Tuggerah Lakes water quality
Central Coast Council has undertaken a range of activities to improve the health of Tuggerah Lakes and has almost completed implementing the priority actions from the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan. Vanessa McCann (Team Leader, Estuary Management, Central Coast Council) will give us an overview of the management of water quality in Tuggerah Lakes and where Council’s efforts will be focused in the future.