Nambucca Valley waterways monitoring

We are undertaking proactive environmental monitoring for pesticides in targeted agricultural regions.

Together with Nambucca Valley Council, EPA officers inspected a range of local farms and undertook water quality monitoring at nine local waterways in March 2024.

Water samples from Eungai Creek, Snakey Creek, Taylors Arm, Blackbutt Creek, Nambucca River, South Creek, Newee Creek, Deep Creek and Oyster Creek were tested for 96 pesticides, including commonly used herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.

Three different pesticides were detected at low levels in three creeks. The levels detected were below National Water Quality Guidelines.

These results show that water quality is not being impacted by excessive amounts of pesticides but further improvements at some local farms are needed.

EPA officers inspected seven farms, three were found to be compliant, but one operator was issued a Clean Up Notice for pesticide storage and waste issues. Investigations into three other farms are continuing.

We will continue to work closely with farmers, council and the community to ensure that pesticides are used responsibly.