The quality of the water flowing through our creeks, rivers, estuaries, constructed 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.
Monitoring and evaluating the Gold Coast's waterways is essential for their health and sustainability. Improved surface and groundwater monitoring inform the way we manage waterways and their use. It was one of the key actions identified in our Gold Coast Water Strategy needed for us to transition to a water-sensitive city.
Approximately 230 sites from 20 of the city's waterways are included in our monitoring program. These include ocean beaches, the Broadwater, rivers, creeks, canals, and freshwater and tidal lakes.
The water quality information is used for a range of purposes including:
Use the following interactive map for the latest monitoring results.
Use this form to request water-quality data available through our monitoring program.
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To learn more about the different ways we monitor surface water quality, go to Water quality monitoring program.
To learn more about the parameters we use to test and manage water quality, go to Water quality monitoring parameters.