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Environmental watering in the Goulburn River 2013-14

Status

13 December 2013: This action is in progress.

About the watering

Commonwealth environmental water is being made available in the Goulburn River to contribute to:

  • supporting the germination and growth of riparian native vegetation and improving river bank stability
  • submerging snags and improving the habitat of native fish so that they can breed and grow
  • moving fine sediment and leaf litter to provide habitat and food for macro-invertebrates while also maintaining suitable water quality for other native aquatic plants and animals
  • supporting downstream watering actions throughout the Mid Murray, Lower Murray, Coorong and Lower Lakes.

Up to 175,000 ML of Commonwealth environmental water, subject to availability within the Goulburn catchment, was made available for use between July - December 2013. To extend the ecological outcomes into 2014, a further 40,000 ML of Commonwealth environmental water has been made available between January - June 2014. The Victorian Environmental Water Holder and The Living Murray program are also contributing water to this environmental watering action.

The Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority, the Goulburn-Murray Water, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office are working together to make this watering action possible.