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Environmental watering in Broken Creek 2013-14

Moodie's Swamp

Lower Broken Creek

Status

30 June 2014: This action is complete.

About the watering

The purpose of this watering action was to improve and maintain the ecological health and resilience of the system. 38,593.7 ML of Commonwealth environmental water contributed to in-stream base flows and freshes between August 2013 and May 2014 within the lower Broken Creek in support of native fish reproduction and condition, hydrological connectivity and the maintenance of water quality. Return flows from the use of Commonwealth water in the lower Broken Creek, totalling 33,183.8 ML, supported downstream actions throughout the Mid Murray, Lower Murray, Coorong and Lower Lakes, contributing to the protection, maintenance and improvement of the diversity and condition of water dependent native flora and fauna and ecosystem function.

The watering action was managed in partnership with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Goulburn-Murray Water and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

Upper Broken Creek

Status

30 June 2014: This action is complete.

About the watering

Commonwealth environmental water contributed to an in-stream fresh between August 2013 and March 2014 to support improved native fish condition, hydrological connectivity and biotic dispersal.

121 ML of Commonwealth environmental water was delivered within the Upper Broken Creek, and contributed to achieving the following outcomes:

  • flow variability
  • provide a wet dry zone at the channel edge
  • maintenance of aquatic habitats during periods of cease to flow
  • promote successional change in community composition through disturbance and habitat diversity.

This watering action was managed in partnership with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Goulburn-Murray Water.