Water for the environment is supplied to Durt-Yowan (Latrobe River) from Blue Rock Reservoir on the Tanjil River. Blue Rock Reservoir also supplies water for urban supply and for electricity generators and a paper mill in the Latrobe Valley.
Options to deliver water for the environment to Durt-Yowan (Latrobe River) via the Tyers River may be investigated in 2021-22. These options include a physical transfer of water from Blue Rock Reservoir to Moondarra Reservoir via existing infrastructure operated by Gippsland Water or a temporary administrative transfer arrangement. Delivering water via the Tyers River would increase the proportion
of the Latrobe catchment that could receive water for the environment without compromising outcomes in the main target reaches of Durt-Yowan (Latrobe River). If adopted, these options are expected to benefit native in-stream and streamside vegetation and non-migratory fish within the Tyers River.
Durt-Yowan (Latrobe River) from Rosedale to Carran Carran (Thomson River) confluence (reach 5) is the priority reach for environmental watering because it contains endangered plant communities that have good potential for rehabilitation.