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2013-14

Environmental watering in the catchment in 2013-14
Watering action Amount of water delivered (ML)
Lower Namoi River Action did not proceed
Total in 2013-14 0

Environmental watering in the Lower Namoi River 2013-14

Status

30 June 2014: Action did not proceed.

About the watering

Photo of waterway

Namoi catchment: Neal Foster, NSW Office of Water

Up to 7,878 ML of Commonwealth environmental water was made available to contribute to in-stream freshes and flow variability between September 2013 and June 2014.

Commonwealth environmental water was to be used to support a flushing flow, to contribute to maintaining the ecological health and resilience of the Namoi River system. The environmental objectives of the proposed watering action were to:

  • support native fish movement, carbon/nutrient cycling, and primary production for aquatic ecosystem processes; and
  • support native aquatic species (including fish and invertebrates) condition and movement, and fish larval abundance.

The suitable flow conditions required to deliver Commonwealth environmental water to the Namoi River system did not eventuate in 2013–14. As a result, the action did not proceed and environmental water was not delivered.

2012-13

Environmental watering in the catchment in 2012-13
Watering action Amount of water delivered (ML)
Lower Namoi River 7,727
Total in 2012-13 7,727

Commonwealth environmental watering in the Lower Namoi River 2012-13

Status

30 June 2013: This action is completed

About the watering

This watering action was the first time that Commonwealth environmental water was made available for use in the Namoi catchment. Commonwealth environmental water was used to enhance in-stream flows along the Namoi River to contribute to the health of in-stream habitat and support native fish by providing improved opportunities for them to feed, breed and shelter.

The use of Commonwealth environmental water in the Namoi catchment was managed by NSW State Water working together with scientists and staff from the NSW DPI (Fisheries), NSW Office of Water, Namoi CMA and Commonwealth Environmental Water Office.

Border Rivers catchment. Photo: Arthur Mostead © MDBA

No Commonwealth environmental watering has occurred in the Namoi catchment prior to 2012-13.