Estuarine water quality monitoring

A man wearing wet weather clothing sits on the side of small boat. The boat is on a lake with a wooded hill in the distance. The man is holding an electrical cable for submerged equipment and looking at a monitor.

Environment, Energy and Science (EES) Senior Scientist, Aaron Wright, collecting water quality data on Lake Macquarie as part of a long-term routine monitoring program. Photo by: Michael Orr, EES.


Water quality is important for the health of NSW's environment, wildlife and communities.

This project aims to:

  • track changes to the condition of NSW's coastal waterways
  • identify areas needing management action
  • help with planning and delivering these actions.

The water quality monitoring data from this project helps:

Latest news

Responding to the impacts of recent storms on bushfire affected catchments

11 September 2020 – The recent heavy rains on the east coast of NSW were very welcome, however the effects on the marine estate are being closely studied in bushfire ravaged areas.



Lead Agency

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Environment, Energy and Science (EES)


  • DPI Fisheries
  • DPIE – Water
  • Local Land Services
  • Local Government
  • Local communities


Peter Scanes, Senior Team Leader – Estuaries and Catchments, Science Division, EES


Page last updated/reviewed: 29 Sep 2020