With warm weather on the way, many Victorians will soon be heading for the beach – but there are fears of a new health hazard.
The heavy rain over the past two days caused the Yarra River to be filled with plastic bottles, bags, cans and masks.
The rubbish was headed downstream toward the bay.
Health experts say the items could not only affect marine wildlife, but are also concerned about the contaminants that cannot be seen.
These include things such as sewage overflow and run off from washing the car.
This sparks an alert for all 36 beaches along the bay.
Health experts say if people do go into the water they can get skin rashes or even gastroenteritis.
Authorities are particularly worried the warm weather on the way will tempt people to go in the water, but they’re warning to keep clear for at least the next couple of days.
From December 1, the EPA will begin testing water in the bay and will provide SMS alerts to residents about the safety level of the water.