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Nardoo plants and River Red Gums
Nardoo plants and River Red Gums, Yanga National Park, New South Wales
Egret chicks
Egret chicks, Macquarie Marshes, New South Wales
Wilgara Wetland
Wilgara Wetland, Macquarie Marshes, New South Wales
Peron's tree frog
Peron's tree frog
Gwydir Wetlands following environmental watering
Gwydir Wetlands following environmental watering, New South Wales
Inundation of riparian vegetation in the Edward-Wakool river system
Inundation of riparian vegetation in the Edward-Wakool river system, New South Wales
Chalka Creek prior to watering
Chalka Creek prior to watering, Hattah Lakes Victoria
Chalka Creek following watering
Chalka Creek following watering, Hattah Lakes Victoria

Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder is responsible for government policies and programs that seek to protect and restore environmental assets – rivers, floodplains and wetlands – that contain a wide diversity of life and provide  habitat for native animals and plants.

The Water Holder, supported by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, manages the Commonwealth’s environmental water portfolio, research projects that inform approaches to aquatic ecosystems and environmental watering policy, and major projects to improve water quality and the ecological health of iconic wetland assets in the Murray Darling Basin. The Office is also the administrative authority within Australia for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.


Scientists monitoring the effectiveness of Commonwealth environmental water in the Murrumbidgee wetlands have recently recorded several important migratory birds in the Lowbidgee floodplain including the sharp-tailed sandpiper and common...
Media release - A new five year monitoring plan for the Murray-Darling Basin announced today by the Commonwealth Government will provide unprecedented knowledge into the effectiveness of environmental watering.
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder is preparing for drier times by building on the gains of the past few years and coordinating environmental flows with irrigation deliveries this water year.