Of some 2,000 natural wetlands in the Goulburn Broken area, only three in the Goulburn catchment (Reedy Swamp, Gaynor Swamp and Doctors Swamp) have been able to receive environmental water, through infrastructure connections to the river. Recent works to connect Loch Garry to the irrigation system will mean that it will also be possible to deliver water for the environment to Loch Garry from 2018–19, subject to the agreement of landowners. Loch Garry is a paleo channel (a remnant course) of the Goulburn River and the only wetland in the catchment that can receive water for the environment that has objectives for fish.
The Goulburn wetlands have been, and continue to be, places of significance for Traditional Owners and their Nations. The Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) in the region is the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.