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Environmental watering in the Severn and lower Macintyre River systems 2013-14


31 October 2013: These actions are yet to commence.

About the watering

Commonwealth environmental water will be used to contribute to improving the ecological health and resilience of the Severn and lower Macintyre River systems. Commonwealth environmental watering is likely to occur between October 2013 and February 2014 and will remain in-stream to contribute to protecting and restoring water-dependent ecosystems by supporting:

  • increased flow variability
  • episodically high ecological productivity and its ecological dispersal
  • ecological processes dependent on hydrologic connectivity (i) longitudinally along watercourses; and (ii) laterally between watercourses and their floodplains (and associated wetlands).

Approximately 1260 ML of Commonwealth environmental water may be used as part of this watering action and consists of:

  • approximately 1,020 ML (unregulated) targeting the Severn River (Qld)
  • approximately 240 ML (unregulated) targeting the lower Macintyre River (Qld)

The total volume of Commonwealth environmental water used will depend on seasonal conditions and rainfall.

This watering action has been made possible by the collaboration of a wide range of stakeholders including the NSW Office of Water, NSW DPI Fisheries, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Qld Department of Natural Resource and Mines, State Water Corporation, SunWater, Queensland Murray-Darling Committee and local water users and landholders.

Photo of a stream

Border Rivers catchment Photo: Clare d'Arcy © CEWO