Environmental watering in the Loddon River 2011-13
Photo: Loddon River from Hox bridge © North East CMA
July 2013: These actions have been completed.
Photo: Loddon River © North East CMA
July 2012 - Loddon River
2,745.5 ML of Commonwealth environmental water was used in the Loddon River in northern Victoria during 2012-13.
Commonwealth environmental water contributed to supporting variable flows throughout the 2012-13 water year. High priority watering actions targeted include winter/spring base flows between July and October 2012, and a 'spring fresh' planned between September and November 2012. The enhancement of these flows aimed to:
- Support a range of native aquatic species, particularly through enabling native fish movement and improvements to macro-invertebrate habitat.
- Ensure the maintenance of native vegetation within riparian communities is sustained in a healthy, dynamic and resilient condition.
- Support key ecosystem functions, particularly those related to connectivity along the river.
This watering action was managed in cooperation with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Goulburn-Murray Water and the North Central Catchment Management Authority.
October 2011 - Loddon River
1,564 GL of Commonwealth environmental water was delivered to the Loddon River from 8 June 2011.
The purpose of this action was to support vegetation health and maintain water quality. The action did this by providing a winter-spring baseflow that:
- maintained in-stream and riparian vegetation and contributed to vegetation condition
- reduced encroachment by terrestrial vegetation
- improved water quality.
The watering action was managed in cooperation with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder and the North Central Catchment Management Authority.