Richmond Valley Council has announced it will be monitoring and reporting on the sea water quality at Evans Head this summer as part of Beachwatch a DEC program which was started in 1989 at Sydneys ocean beaches because of community concern about sewage pollution.

Three ocean beach sites at Evans Head will be monitored and one site in the Evans River, with tests looking for bacteria which indicates pollution from stormwater or sewage.

Councils Gary Murphy said there was no connection between the testing regime and the ocean outfall proposal. However, as the data collected would prove useful, the $7000 annual cost for participating in Beachwatch would come from money set aside to look at ways of disposing of Evans Heads sewage effluent.

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