Commonwealth Environmental Water Office banner

Environmental watering in Ovens River system 2013-14

Status

30 June 2014: This action is complete.

About the watering

Lower Ovens River. Photo: © North East Catchment Management Authority

70 ML of Commonwealth environmental water was delivered within the Ovens, King and Buffalo Rivers on 24 and 25 April 2014. The 70 ML of Commonwealth environmental water was in addition to 4.8 GL of bulk release drawdown water provided by Goulburn-Murray Water, resulting in a total watering action of 4.87 GL delivered in the Ovens system between 22 April and 5 May 2014.

The watering action contributed to achieving the following outcomes:

  • contribute toward flow variability
  • support the provision of shallow water habitat for macroinvertebrates and fish
  • contribute towards the disruption of biofilms
  • support water quality through the maintenance of wetted habitat.

The use of Commonwealth environmental water in the Ovens River system is managed by the North East Catchment Management Authority and Goulburn-Murray Water in consultation with Victorian Environmental Water Holder and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office.

Buffalo River, Nug Nug. Photo: © North East Catchment Management Authority