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Saturday, 16 September 2006

Scottish bathing beaches 'pass the test'

A Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) survey over the three summer months has found that all of Scotland's bathing beaches have, for the first time in two decades, passed water quality tests. Generally, therefore, good news.

The results for the two beaches in Nairn which are included in the survey are here:
Nairn (Central);
Nairn (East).

I used the word 'generally' earlier because there was a very brief period in early August when the results for Nairn were less than optimal, apparently caused by agricultural run-off during a period of heavy rain. Whilst all beaches along the Moray Firth coast were affected, only Nairn seems to have failed the test on one day - the lesson must be that we need to do better as such 'glitches' (relatively brief though they might be) do nothing to help the local tourist trade, quite apart from the risks potentially posed to local users of the beaches.

The results for all the beaches surveyed are available here, by clicking on the region of Scotland which interests you.

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