Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Popular Swimming Spot Gets Poor Score; Govt Tests Lake's Water Quality

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Popular Swimming Spot Gets Poor Score; Govt Tests Lake's Water Quality

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Byline: Tim Howard tim.howard@dailyexaminer.com.au

WHILE the water health of most of the state's beaches, lagoons and estuaries has been given a tick of approval, one North Coast lake has seemingly missed the boat.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage's State of the Beaches 2017-18 report has rated water quality in three of the four sections of Lake Ainsworth as poor.

The report, released at the weekend, rated Lake Ainsworth's north, east and west areas as poor, while the south shore received a good rating.

"Water quality at these sites is suitable for swimming some of the time, however they are highly susceptible to the impacts of wet weather during and for up to three days after rain," the report said.

It said a poor rating meant a "location is susceptible to faecal pollution and microbial water quality is not always suitable for swimming. During dry weather conditions, ensure that the swimming location is free of signs of pollution, such as discoloured water, odour or debris in the water, and avoid swimming at all times during and for up to three days following rainfall".

The report looked at the coastline from Port Stephens to the Victorian border as well beaches and coastal water bodies in the Richmond and Ballina local government areas.

The report said coastal water pollution was mainly affected by rain events. …

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