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Environmental watering in the Loddon River 2011-13

Photo: Loddon River from Hox bridge © North East CMA

Status

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.