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Latest watering releases

This update is based on operational data available on 30/08/2016. The following environmental releases are currently being delivered or have recently been delivered.


  • Delivering to Dowd Morass


  • Delivering variable flows to the Snowy River (managed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries)


  • Delivering to Yering Backswamp

Lower Barwon wetlands

  • Delivering to Reedy Lake 


  • Delivering low flows to Gunbower Creek
  • Delivering River Murray flows downstream of Yarrawonga for Barmah-Millewa Forest 
  • Delivering to McDonalds Swamp and Wirra-Lo wetland complex in central Murray wetlands


  • Delivering to target low flows in the Campaspe River

Releases can include water delivered in Victoria by the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, Murray-Darling Basin Authority (The Living Murray program) and the NSW Government. Environmental water releases are often complemented by other water, including passing flows, unregulated flows (natural streamflows or spills that are not diverted or captured in reservoirs), and water delivered to other users.

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

Kayak through reeds

Donating water

Imagine camping beside a wetland knowing that it’s got as much water as it has because of you? Avid bushwalker and landholder Christiane Jaeger can do just that.


Protecting platypus

The platypus is a uniquely Australian species. Along with echidnas, platypus are part of an exceptional group of mammals which lay eggs, known as monotremes. Yet our ‘duck-billed’, egg-laying icon requires protection.

News and media releases

Top of Barmah Lake by Keith Ward

Rain shifts environmental water focus to wetter season in northern Victoria

Following a dry period, good winter rain and an optimistic forecast means Victoria's environmental water holder is adjusting environmental water deliveries to rivers and wetlands for a wetter season in northern Victoria.

Gunbower forest flooding

Flooding for life

Above-average rainfall and flooding in Victoria's High Country is providing an unexpected boost to Gunbower Forest.  Rainfall as much as 200 per cent above average in the Goulburn, Kiewa and Ovens river catchments in July has resulted in more water than expected entering the Murray River downstream of Lake Hume.

Gunbower reed

Trading strategy 2016-17

The water allocation trading strategy for 2016-17 scopes potential trade. It includes the possibility of selling water in northern Victoria and purchasing water in the Moorabool and Maribyrnong systems to maintain water quality and protect plants and animals.

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