Lotus Bay


WATER QUALITY INFORMATION

This area is CLOSED to Primary Contact Recreation due to extreme levels of blue green algae.

Swimming, diving, bathing, novice Secondary Contact Recreation, and windsurfing are currently NOT PERMITTED.

While this area remains Open to Secondary Contact recreation (sailing, canoeing, rowing etc), persons should be careful to limit any water exposure and should shower after contact with the water.
There is an increased risk of adverse health events from water exposure. Symptoms of exposure may include skin/mucosa irritation, flu-like symptoms, and gastrointestinal illness.
People should not engage in Secondary Contact recreation unless:
*they are experienced;
*they are informed of the algal risks and what to do if contact occurs;
*they do not engage in primary-contact during the recreation; and
* they have access to showing facilities to use immediately after exiting the water.
Event organisers should ensure that participants are aware of the blue-green algae alert level, associated exposure risks and provide adequate showering facilities for after events.
Water users should look for algae warnings signs indicating the current alert level at major water entry points.

Current water temperature: 26.5 degrees

SITE INFORMATION
Located on the southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin, Lotus Bay is picturesque with moored yachts and the Canberra Yacht Club to the west.

Lotus Bay Beach is popular with sailors for launching yachts at the finger jetty, two boat ramps or wide beach access and is only 15 minutes from the city centre of Canberra.

There is ample parking and toilets towards the yacht club.

Swimming is not permitted in this area.

*STANDING BACTERIA ALERT*
Swimming should be avoided for several days after heavy rainfall as bacterial levels are strongly affected by such events.

WATER QUALITY
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . National Capital Authority updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Lotus Bay is sampled weekly from January 1st to April 9th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The National Capital Authority (the NCA) monitors the water quality of Lake Burley Griffin in accordance with the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality Management Plan 2010 (available on www.nca.gov.au). Lake Burley Griffin is a freshwater lake.

During the recreational season (mid October to mid April) Enterococci and blue green algae (cyanobacteria) are monitored to advise on the suitability of the water quality for recreational purposes (Primary Contact Recreation: swimming, bathing, novice secondary, and Secondary Contact Recreation: sailing, rowing, kayaks etc).

Sites are monitored weekly during the Recreational Season. The Recreational Season runs from 2nd Monday in October to 2nd Monday in April. Samples are collected Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday).

Beaches are given a red (pass) if they exceed either of the following protective criteria:
Enterococci: 200 cfu/100mL

Cyanobacteria: 20,000 Indicative Microcystis aeruginosa algae cells/ml (Medium alert)

Additional warnings are issued when cyanobacteria level reach high (≥50,000 cells/ml) or extreme ( ≥125,000 cells/ml) levels.

The NCA updates the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality website (www.nca.gov.au) each week with water quality data. Further user advice and information about lake closures and health alerts can also be found at
https://www.nca.gov.au/publication/lake-burley-griffin-water-quality-management-plan-2011/lake-water-quality-updates

Follow the NCA on Twitter: @nca_media and Facebook: @NCA.gov for current water quality information.

Water Quality Advisory signs are at all recreational areas.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Lotus Bay


WATER QUALITY
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . National Capital Authority updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

WATER QUALITY INFORMATION

This area is CLOSED to Primary Contact Recreation due to extreme levels of blue green algae.

Swimming, diving, bathing, novice Secondary Contact Recreation, and windsurfing are currently NOT PERMITTED.

While this area remains Open to Secondary Contact recreation (sailing, canoeing, rowing etc), persons should be careful to limit any water exposure and should shower after contact with the water.
There is an increased risk of adverse health events from water exposure. Symptoms of exposure may include skin/mucosa irritation, flu-like symptoms, and gastrointestinal illness.
People should not engage in Secondary Contact recreation unless:
*they are experienced;
*they are informed of the algal risks and what to do if contact occurs;
*they do not engage in primary-contact during the recreation; and
* they have access to showing facilities to use immediately after exiting the water.
Event organisers should ensure that participants are aware of the blue-green algae alert level, associated exposure risks and provide adequate showering facilities for after events.
Water users should look for algae warnings signs indicating the current alert level at major water entry points.

Current water temperature: 26.5 degrees

SITE INFORMATION
Located on the southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin, Lotus Bay is picturesque with moored yachts and the Canberra Yacht Club to the west.

Lotus Bay Beach is popular with sailors for launching yachts at the finger jetty, two boat ramps or wide beach access and is only 15 minutes from the city centre of Canberra.

There is ample parking and toilets towards the yacht club.

Swimming is not permitted in this area.

*STANDING BACTERIA ALERT*
Swimming should be avoided for several days after heavy rainfall as bacterial levels are strongly affected by such events.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Lotus Bay is sampled weekly from January 1st to April 9th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The National Capital Authority (the NCA) monitors the water quality of Lake Burley Griffin in accordance with the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality Management Plan 2010 (available on www.nca.gov.au). Lake Burley Griffin is a freshwater lake.

During the recreational season (mid October to mid April) Enterococci and blue green algae (cyanobacteria) are monitored to advise on the suitability of the water quality for recreational purposes (Primary Contact Recreation: swimming, bathing, novice secondary, and Secondary Contact Recreation: sailing, rowing, kayaks etc).

Sites are monitored weekly during the Recreational Season. The Recreational Season runs from 2nd Monday in October to 2nd Monday in April. Samples are collected Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday).

Beaches are given a red (pass) if they exceed either of the following protective criteria:
Enterococci: 200 cfu/100mL

Cyanobacteria: 20,000 Indicative Microcystis aeruginosa algae cells/ml (Medium alert)

Additional warnings are issued when cyanobacteria level reach high (≥50,000 cells/ml) or extreme ( ≥125,000 cells/ml) levels.

The NCA updates the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality website (www.nca.gov.au) each week with water quality data. Further user advice and information about lake closures and health alerts can also be found at
https://www.nca.gov.au/publication/lake-burley-griffin-water-quality-management-plan-2011/lake-water-quality-updates

Follow the NCA on Twitter: @nca_media and Facebook: @NCA.gov for current water quality information.

Water Quality Advisory signs are at all recreational areas.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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