The Environment Agency has asked if the OVA can help monitor beach usage as part of its sampling program, the details are given here:
The Environment Agency has a duty to protect the public using the bathing waters, and part of this is to sample bacteria present in the water throughout the bathing season, which runs from May to September. We reviewed the sampling point at Budleigh Salterton beach last year, along with a number of other beaches, to ensure we are sampling where the greatest number of bathers are present throughout the season. We are repeating this survey on a larger scale this year to ensure we include all areas of the beach that people may swim in and to improve our data quality.
Click here for a simple form to monitor usage. It would be useful if any of the Otter Valley Association members could fill in a form if they were in the area. It’s fairly self explanatory – the first page is to fill in some details of date and time and so on and the other page with the map can be marked with the numbers of users and bathers for each zone.
We are looking for data mainly between 10am to 5pm every day and in all weathers, and at weekends and holidays. Having more robust data will ensure we protect the biggest numbers of bathers and focus any investigations into the correct areas.
If you are able to fill in the form please send it to our PO Box (Otter Valley Association, PO Box 70, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6WN