Clean bill of health for beaches
MOST Clarence Valley residents will be taking to the beaches at some point over the Christmas break and they can rest easy in the knowledge the Valley has some of the cleanest.
Six coastal swimming sites were tested for water quality in November, with five passing with flying colours.
The five to receive the tick of approval were Yamba's Whiting Beach, Iluka Beach, Minnie Water Main Beach, Kolora Lake and Wooli Estuary North.
Wooli Estuary South was the only area not to pass.
The tests, conducted by the Clarence Valley Council as part of the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation's Beachwatch program, measured levels of enterococci in the water.
Beachwatch manager Cris Hickey said the results at Wooli South were no cause for concern.
"Given how much rainfall was received during November, these re- sults could be expected," she said.
Council environment manager Peter Birch said the results demonstrated the Valley's clean environment.
"We have been monitoring our beaches for several years now and the results highlight what a clean environment we have in the Clarence Valley shire," he said.
Monitoring was also done at five inland swimming locations, with the results not as positive.
Of the areas tested ? Ulmarra Jetty, Maclean Jetty, Corcoran Park, Grafton Sailing Club and Prince Street ? only the jetty at Maclean passed.
Mr Birch said water users should be mindful of conditions after rainfall.
"During dry weather our beaches and waterways have fantastic water quality," he said.
"However, we do recommend that people avoid swimming at river and estuarine beaches for at least a day or so after rainfall."