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Latest watering releases

Based on best available operational data, the following environmental water deliveries were made in the month of October 2019.

Central region

Barwon system

  • Hospital Swamps
  • Reedy Swamp

Moorabool system

  • Moorabool River

Werribee system

  • Pyrites Creek

Gippsland region

Latrobe system

  • Dowd Morass
  • Heart Morass
  • Sale Common

Macalister system

  • Macalister River

Snowy system

  • Snowy River

Thomson system

  • Thomson River
  • Heyfield wetlands

Northern region

Broken system

  • Broken Creek

Campaspe system

  • Campaspe River

Goulburn system

  • Goulburn River
  • Goulburn wetlands: Reedy Swamp

Loddon system

  • Boort wetlands: Lake Meran
  • Loddon River
  • Pyramid Creek
  • Serpentine Creek

Victorian Murray system

  • Barmah Forest
  • Central Murray wetlands: Guttrum Forest, Johnson Swamp, Lake Cullen, Lake Elizabeth, Round Lake, Wirra-Lo wetland complex - Bittern east
  • Gunbower Creek
  • Gunbower Forest: Yarran Creek
  • Lake Kramen
  • Lindsay, Mulcra, Wallpolla islands: Finnigans Creek, Sandy Creek, Wallpolla East
  • Lower Broken Creek
  • Lower Murray wetlands: Brickworks Billabong, Bridge Creek, Carina Bend, Koorlong Lake, Lake Hawthorn, Liparoo (East and West),  Neds Corner (Central, East and Woolshed Creek)
  • Murray River
  • Wallpolla Island: Sandy Creek, Wallpolla Creek East

Western region

Wimmera system

  • Burnt Creek
  • MacKenzie River
  • Ranch Billabong

Wimmera-Mallee wetlands

  • Carapugna
  • Clinton Shire Dam
  • Corack Lake
  • Coundons Wetland
  • Crow Swamp
  • Davis Dam
  • Homelea
  • Jesse Swamp
  • Kath Smith Dam
  • Mahoods Corner
  • Considines
  • Tchum Lakes Swimming Pool (North Lake - Dam)
  • Towma (Lake Marlbed)

Releases can include water delivered in Victoria by the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (The Living Murray program).

Environmental watering objectives may also be met by other water in the system (such as water for households, industry and farming).

How do we know it works?

To measure the success of environmental watering, it is important to draw on the large body of scientific and community knowledge that exists about Victoria’s rivers and wetlands.

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Seasonal watering plan

A statewide plan that scopes potential environmental watering in rivers and wetlands.

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Environmental water stories

Cullen waders - Red neck Stint and Red Capped Plover by Adrian Martins courtesy NCCMA

Restoring chaos

Water is the magic ingredient in the Australian landscape - its presence a flag that signals to our plants and animals when to bloom and breed and travel. But with many river systems altered beyond recognition, is there still a future for the many creatures that rely on the highs and lows of naturally flowing water? BirdLife Australia’s Darren Quin and the VEWH’s Bruce Paton examine the promising results of environmental water releases at Victoria’s Lake Cullen and reveal that all is not yet lost.

Brolgas in flight at Gaynor Swamp, by Pat Feehan

Gaynor Swamp - exciting results for environmental watering in the Goulburn Wetlands

In an exciting first for the Goulburn Wetlands, Gaynor Swamp received 1100 megalitres of environmental water as part of the environmental watering program in 2018.

News and media releases

The VEWH's water trade activities get a clean bill of health

The Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) has undertaken a health check of its water trading activities and has been given a clean bill of health.

Reedy Lake with little water in dry conditions

Why do we water when it’s dry?

In dry years, environmental watering is critical protection for our waterways, so they can survive to bounce back when dry conditions ease.

Beth Ashworth and Sarina Loo VEWH Co-CEOs

Executive women leading the way as Co-CEOs at the VEWH

The VEWH is thrilled to announce the appointment of Beth Ashworth and Sarina Loo as Co-Chief Executive Officers (Co-CEOs).

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