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Chowilla Floodplain, South Australia

Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, 2009

The Chowilla Floodplain is north of Renmark and straddles the South Australian and New South Wales border. The Floodplain covers 17,700 hectares and is part of the Lindsay-Wallpolla Islands icon site under The Living Murray program. It is the largest area of remaining natural riverine forest along the lower River Murray.

In 2009 environmental water was delivered to the Floodplain. The water went to a number of sites, including Brandybottle Waterhole, Chowilla Horseshoe, Lock 6 Depression.Other sites included Gum Flat and Slaney's Billabong, Pilby Creek and Bunyip Hole.

Before and after photos

These images demonstrate the dramatic effects environmental watering has had on the Chowilla Floodplain throughout March to November 2009

 Before watering

Brandybottle Waterhole, Chowilla Floodplain (March 2009)

 After watering

Brandybottle Waterhole, Chowilla Floodplain (November 2009)

 Before watering

Lock 6 Depression, Chowilla Floodplain (March 2009)

 After watering

Lock 6 Depression, Chowilla Floodplain (November 2009)

 Before watering

Chowilla Floodplain (March 2009)

 After watering

Chowilla Floodplain (November 2009)