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Campaspe catchment


Environmental watering in the catchment in 2013-14

Watering action Status of Commonwealth action
Campaspe River Completed

A summary of Commonwealth environmental watering from previous years in the Campaspe is included below. For further information about Commonwealth environmental watering in the Campaspe catchment and the outcomes achieved, please refer to the Commonwealth environmental water Outcomes Reports and Annual Reports.

Planning for 2014-15

Commonwealth environmental water use options 2014-15: Victorian Rivers identifies potential Commonwealth environmental watering actions for 2014-15. Decisions on using Commonwealth environmental water will be made throughout the year based on seasonal, operational and management considerations. If you wish to provide suggestions for Commonwealth environmental water use please contact us at or send us your suggestion by visiting: Your suggestions for potential water use options.

Water availability and portfolio management

For more information regarding the characteristics of entitlements and the water resource plan held in the Campaspe catchment please refer to Victoria's Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

The Campaspe catchment is part of the northern Victorian rivers system which includes the Goulburn, Broken, Campaspe, Loddon and Ovens rivers and Broken Creek.

Water trading

Information on future trade considerations is available at: Portfolio Management Update

Information on current trading actions is available at: Current Trading Actions

Information on previous trading actions is available at: Trading Outcomes

Environmental watering in the catchment in previous years

Environmental watering in the catchment in 2012-13
Watering action Amount of water delivered (ML) Status of action
Campaspe River 6 820 Completed
Total in 2012-13 6 820  
Environmental watering in the catchment in 2011-12
Watering action Amount of water delivered (ML) Status of action
Campaspe River 6 532 Completed
Total in 2011-12 6 532  
Environmental watering in the catchment in 2010-11
Watering action Amount of water delivered (ML) Status of action
Campaspe River 2 140 Completed
Total in 2010-11 2 140  

Catchment profile

Where is it?

The Campaspe catchment, located in north-central Victoria, is based around the Campaspe River and its major tributary, the Coliban River. Other significant tributaries include the Axe, McIvor, Mt Pleasant, Forest, Wild Duck and Pipers Creeks. The Campaspe River originates in the Great Dividing Range near Trentham. It flows for 150 km before joining the Murray River at Echuca.

The total area of the Campaspe catchment is 4,279 km2. Major townships include Echuca, Rochester, Elmore, Heathcote, Bendigo and Kyneton.

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Campaspe Catchment

What makes this place so special?

The Campaspe catchment is an ecologically significant area because it:

  • includes flora and fauna of national, regional and local conservation significance including the Murray cod and the trout cod
  • supports populations of the iconic platypus
  • provides important ecological links to the Murray River by enabling species to travel between the two river systems
  • provides important refugia for species in times of drought, including pools at the Campaspe Siphon and Campaspe Weir.

What does the latest science say about the ecological health of the catchment?

The Sustainable Rivers Audit (SRA), coordinated by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, provides scientifically robust assessments of the ecological health of the Basin's river valleys. The overall ecosystem health of the Campaspe catchment as reported by the SRA is summarised below.

SRA Report Overall ecosystem health of catchment
SRA 1 (based on data collected from 2004 to 2007) Very poor
SRA 2 (based on data collected from 2008 to 2010) Very poor

The CSIRO Sustainable Yields Report for the Campaspe indicated that the current level of surface water extraction in the region is high, with 36 per cent of average available water being diverted for use. Under the best estimate 2030 climate conditions, average surface water availability would reduce by 16 per cent and diversions by 5 per cent. It should be noted that the boundaries of the Campaspe catchment as defined in this report do differ slightly to the catchment area defined on this webpage.

Environmental water delivery references

Environmental Water Delivery: Campaspe River collates current knowledge of the operational and administrative arrangements for the delivery of environmental water to the Campaspe River. The document provides an overview of the environmental assets and potential environmental water use options. This work has been undertaken to support the efficient and effective use of environmental water and to engage communities on how this may best be achieved. This aims to encourage community discussion and feedback on the use of environmental water, to identify future opportunities and recognise operational risks and constraints. Comments on the document are encouraged and can be provided to: