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Environmental watering in the Goulburn River 2013-14

Status: This action is complete.

About the watering

Goulburn River

From 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014, a total of 215,000 ML of Commonwealth environmental water was delivered 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
  • additional environmental benefits throughout the Mid Murray, Lower Murray, Coorong and Lower Lakes through the delivery of 214,892.4 ML in return flows that were made available for use downstream of the Goulburn river.

In addition to the above ecological outcomes, environmental flows in the Goulburn aim to promote native fish populations such as Murray cod, trout cod, silver perch, golden perch and river catfish. In 2013-14 fish monitoring detected a golden perch breeding event in response to an environmental flow, which was the first successful event recorded in a number of years. Future environmental watering actions will build on the lessons learned from this important outcome.

The Victorian Environmental Water Holder and The Living Murray program also contributed 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 worked together to make this watering action possible.