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Discover how we are protecting the Gold Coast's natural environment - our spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, bushland and waterways - and how you can help.

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Waterways monitoring

People swimming in a waterway

The quality of the water flowing through our creeks, rivers, estuaries, man-made lakes and canals and into our oceans affects the habitat of a range of aquatic species, and the health and amenity of waterways and beaches for swimming and recreation.

City of Gold Coast coordinates a city-wide surface water quality monitoring program for a number of natural and constructed waterways throughout the Gold Coast.

Approximately 230 sites from 20 of the city's waterways are included in the City's monitoring program. These include ocean beaches, the broadwater, rivers, creeks, canals and freshwater and tidal lakes.

The City also undertakes water quality monitoring in Hinze Dam and Little Nerang Dam.

The water quality information is used for a range of purposes including:

  • providing information on the ecological health of the city's waterways
  • providing information to compare with national water quality standards
  • identifying trends in water quality
  • monitoring the effectiveness of waterway management strategies and community rehabilitation efforts
  • assessing changes in water quality in association with landscape modification
  • providing general water quality information for student and public enquiries.

The Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP), managed by Healthy Waterways and supported by various partners including City of Gold Coast, also delivers comprehensive marine, estuarine and freshwater regional assessments of the major catchments and river estuaries in South East Queensland. 

We can all help

We can all help to protect our waterways by managing our everyday activities so that we don't affect water quality.

Activities that can harm the health of our waterways include:

  • disposing of litter incorrectly, such as cigarette butts and pet droppings
  • run off from back yards or car repairs
  • excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides on gardens
  • incorrect disposal of paints and wastes from home improvements
  • washing cars on driveways or streets.

For more information on water quality and the City's city-wide monitoring program, or if you are aware of a pollution incident in your area, contact the City on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or 07 5582 8211.

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