Push to better understand sources affecting bathing water quality

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The Environment Agency has started weekly spot sampling at a number of points in Bridlington Bay, including at permitted effluent discharges, the harbour and the Gypsey Race to try and get a better understanding of the water quality.

It also plans to do a day of intensive sampling across a full tidal cycle at numerous set points along Bridlington North and South Bays to provide a better understanding of bathing water quality.

The monitoring is in addition to the weekly compliance sampling already taken from each bay as part of the Environment Agency’s national bathing water quality sampling.

Bathing water quality at North Bay is classified as ‘Good’ but South Bay dropped from ‘Good’ to ‘Sufficient’ in the 2018 season.

The samples collected from the harbour and Gypsey Race will aim to identify their connectivity with the bathing water quality in the bay.

Claire Campbell, of the Environment Agency, said:

We are carrying out a monitoring programme in Bridlington to look at bathing beaches and the things that affect water quality.

Where bacteria levels are high in a sample we will undertake further analysis to try and identify the source of the bacteria.

Over time we will build a data set to better understand what impacts on bathing water quality, from people, birds and dogs to combined sewers, drains, tides, as well as the weather and industrial processes.

We will also continue to work with landowners, partners including local authorities and Yorkshire Water to make improvements where we can.

Ms Campbell added that the public also has a part to play in keeping bathing waters clean, including by not feeding seagulls, cleaning up after dogs and disposing of litter correctly.

Everyone has a part to play in protecting and improving our great bathing waters. If we continue to work together to reduce pollution, we can improve water quality and ensure our bathing waters and coastal communities continue to thrive.

Yorkshire remains an outstanding place for bathing water quality, with 17 of the region’s 19 bathing waters rated either ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ for the 2019 season.

Whitby has some of the best bathing water in the country, being classified as ‘Excellent’. It has met the highest standards since 2005 and has also once again achieved Blue Flag status.

Other beaches with bathing water classified as ‘Excellent’ are Cayton Bay and Runswick Bay. Scarborough North Bay, Filey, Sandsend and Robin Hood’s Bay are all rated ‘Good’.

Up the coast, Saltburn has been awarded a Blue Flag for the first time this year. Its bathing water quality has been classified as ‘Excellent’ for the last three years.

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