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Lindsay Island, Victoria

Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, 2009

Lindsay Island is located on the Victorian and South Australian border. It is part of the Chowilla Floodplain and Lindsay-Wallpolla Islands Living Murray icon site.

Lindsay Island contains large areas of river red gum, black box woodland and diverse wetland habitats.

In autumn and spring 2009, the site received environmental water. Watering helped to maintain the river red gums and understorey vegetation which are threatened by depletion of soil moisture and underlying saline groundwater. These threats impact on a diverse range of waterbirds, fish, frogs and turtles.

Victoria managed the watering at the site. This includes monitoring of the ecological responses and providing information to the Commonwealth.

Before and after photos

These images demonstrate the dramatic effects environmental watering has had on Lindsay Island throughout April to December 2009.

 Before watering

Websters Lagoon, Lindsay Island (April 2009)

 After watering

Websters Lagoon, Lindsay Island (December 2009)

 Before watering

Woodcutters, Lindsay Island (April 2009)

 After watering

Woodcutters, Lindsay Island (December 2009)

 Before watering

Stockyards, Lindsay Island (April 2009)

 After watering

Stockyards, Lindsay Island (December 2009)

 Before watering

Websters Lagoon, Lindsay Island (April 2009)

 After watering

Websters Lagoon, Lindsay Island (December 2009)