Shoalhaven City Council’s water quality monitoring program is divided into recreational monitoring and environmental monitoring of the 22 catchments. Council also undertakes condition monitoring across 22 cathments to track changes in overall water quality over longer periods of time.
In recent years Council has been working with the Office of Environment and Heritage to expand on the monitoring carried out by the State Government. Council is merging current programs with the Office of Environment and Heritage's monitoring, evaluation and reporting protocols.
Council also tests popular swimming locations and participates in the State Beachwatch
monitoring program in summer. Water samples are assessed against the National Health and Medical Research Council's guidelines for primary (swimming) and secondary (e.g. boating & fishing) activities.
The results from the water quality monitoring programs are used for State of the Environment (SoE) Reporting each year. These results can be found in the SoE Report