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Environmental watering in the lower Murrumbidgee floodplains 2013-14

Status

30 June 2014: This action has been completed.

About the watering

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Nearing sunset on Paika Lake, western lakes area of the Murrumbidgee catchment. Photo: Stephanie Seacomb, CEWO

A total of 250,598 ML of environmental water, including 136,631 ML Commonwealth environmental water was delivered to the lower Murrumbidgee River catchment during 2013-14. Environmental water was used to inundate lakes, wetlands and connect waterways in the Nimmie-Caira system, Yanga National Park, North Redbank system, Fiddlers-Uara Creek system and the Western Lakes. The use of environmental water in these areas supported their ongoing recovery by contributing to maintaining and improving the health of native vegetation, including river red gums, black box, lignum and aquatic plants; the provision of habitat for waterbirds, native fish, turtles and frogs; and providing reproduction opportunities for native animals, including the threatened southern bell frog.

Monitoring the outcomes from this watering action was undertaken by Charles Sturt University, NSW OEH, NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), and the Riverina Local Land Services (previously Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority).

The watering action was made possible by the collaboration of a wide range of stakeholders including the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, State Water Corporation, Murrumbidgee Environmental Water Allowance Reference Group and landholders.

See also NSW Office of Environment and Heritage media release of October 21, 2013 which refers to one of the sites receiving environmental water as part of this action.