Monitored beaches in the Nelson region
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Nelson’s recreation bathing programme commenced in 1999, including three sites at Tahunanui Beach. The current four marine recreation sites at Tahunanui Beach, Cable Bay, the Haven and Monaco have all been monitored since 2003. Overall Nelson’s beaches are clean and have good water quality. Tahunanui Beach and Cable Bay have retained Good recreation grades, with Nelson Haven and Monaco attaining Fair grades. Occasional bacteria exceedences recorded at the sites have been explained by wet-weather effects, due to sampling when bathing sites were contaminated by storm water run off or strong onshore winds re-mobilising sediment entrained with bacteria.
Nelson City Council takes 20 water samples at each site over the summer period, sampling weekly between December and March, reporting weekly bacteria results to the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB). Council has adopted a Management Procedure based on the national Microbial Water Quality Guidelines and liaises regularly with the NMDHB when required to consult on potential sources of bacteria, the risk to public health and the appropriate action required, which may include public health warnings.
Prior to the main onset of the summer recreation season, Council issues a public health awareness article in Live Nelson recommending the public to avoid swimming when bathing water is discoloured following rain events. At the end of the summer the key results for bathing water quality are reported on the Council’s web page http://nelson.govt.nz/environment/water-3/recreational-bathing-water-quality. This annual summary provides a grading for each site for the suitability for contact recreation, and some interpretation of the results and how Council has responded.
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