Latest watering releases
The following environmental water releases are currently being delivered or have recently been delivered.
- Delivering to Snowy River
- Delivering to Moorabool River
- Delivering to Hospital Swamps and Reedy Lake
- Delivering to Glenelg River
- Delivering to Wimmera and MacKenzie rivers, Burnt Creek and Mt William Creek
- Delivering to Gunbower Creek to target high flows
- Delivering to Hird Swamp and Heywood Lake
- Delivering to Lower Broken Creek
- Delivering to Loddon River and Pyramid Creek
Based on operational data available 18/4/2017.
Baseflow/low flow = a relatively stable, sustained minimum flow. Fresh = small or short watering events which exceed baseflow.
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 watering objectives may also be met by other water in the system (such as water which is en route for use in 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.Learn More
Seasonal watering plan
A statewide plan that scopes potential environmental watering in rivers and wetlands.Learn More
Rivers and wetlands
- • Barmah Forest
- • Gunbower Creek and Forest
- • Central Murray wetlands
- • Hattah Lakes
- • Lower Murray wetlands
- • Lindsay, Wallpolla and Mulcra
- • Ovens system
- • Goulburn River
- • Goulburn wetlands
- • Upper Broken Creek
- • Lower Broken Creek
- • Broken wetlands
- • Campaspe River
- • Coliban River
- • Loddon River
- • Boort wetlands
- • Birchs Creek
Environmental water stories
Looking across the expanse of sheep paddocks, it's hard to imagine the landscape dotted with wetlands, but it used to be before it was turned into farms.
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
The co-ordination of environmental flows in three rivers has been used to distribute Golden Perch (Macquaria ambigua), Silver Perch (Bidyanus bidyanus) and other native fish across river networks throughout parts of the southern Murray-Darling Basin.
An early morning or evening walk around Lake Hawthorn at the moment is a treat for nature-lovers. Thousands of birds are in temporary residence at the lake in response to seasonal conditions and the availability of water at the saline wetland at Cabarita west of Mildura.
More water will flow through the Thomson River, with the Andrews Labor Government taking the next step in delivering an additional eight gigalitres of water.