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Summary 2018–19

172.2 GL

water for the environment delivered at this site

57.7 GL

water used at this site

114.5 GL tooltip

flowing back to the river system

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Actions

Water for the environment delivered.
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Climate conditions

Dry - above average temperatures with river flows half the long term average. tooltip
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Are there works at this site?
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Highlights

Community

An Aboriginal burial mound dated to 3,000 years old was being eroded on the banks of the Edward River. Traditional Owners and Aboriginal community members assisted NSW agency staff with a project to protect the site, including laying river red gum sleepers to reduce erosion. (Photo: Luke Egan, NPWS) On the bank of the Edward River.

Vegetation

Additional fencing has been constructed at a wetland in Barmah Forest to protect around 3 hectares of native vegetation from grazing. Fenced areas had the highest cover of Moira grass. (Photo: Keith Ward) Exclosure fencing at Little Rushy Swamp.

Waterbirds

Around 50 Australasian bitterns were recorded calling at wetlands in the forest. Up to twenty five percent of the estimated population of the endangered bittern are thought to use the Barmah-Millewa wetlands. (Photo: Ted Ripon) Australasian bittern.

Fish

Native fish continue to show signs of improvement in this area. Murray cod, golden perch, the threatened trout cod and silver perch all bred successfully during spring and summer 2018. A total of 42 trout cod were caught across sites in the River Murray, Gulpa Creek and the Edward River. (Photo: Clayton Sharpe) Baby trout cod.

Past reports for Barmah-Millewa Forest

  Overall   Vegetation Waterbirds Fish Other
flood icon2018-19 B   B A B C
flood icon2017-18 A   B A A A
flood icon2016-17 A   B A A A
flood icon2015-16 B   B A B B
flood icon2014-15 B   B A B D
flood icon2013-14 C   C A D D
flood icon2012-13 C   C A D D
flood icon2011-12 C   C A B D
flood icon2010-11 B   B D B D
flood icon2009-10 C   C D B D
flood icon2008-09 D   D D B D
flood icon2007-08 D   D D B D
flood icon2006-07 D   D D B D
 
 
dry icon Dry flood icon Very Wet
wet icon Wet moderate icon Moderate

Each year, water is released into the environment depending on the climatic conditions. See the outcomes of water over time for a long-term view of how natural and released water affects the health of rivers.

Gallery

Stories from the River Murray – Millewa Forest
Great egret taking off – Millewa Forest. (Photo: Ted Ripon)
Great egret taking off – Millewa Forest. (Photo: Ted Ripon)
Smith’s Creek dry (10 August 2018) compared to wet (24 August 2018). (Photo: Keith ward)
Smith’s Creek dry (10 August 2018) compared to wet (24 August 2018). (Photo: Keith ward)
Moira grass on Hut Lake February 2019. (Photo: Keith Ward) Full permission, ask before use.
Moira grass on Hut Lake February 2019. (Photo: Keith Ward) Full permission, ask before use.
Authur Rylah Institute staff use fyke nets for native fish sampling in Bunyip Waterhole, Barmah Forest. (Photo: Keith Ward) Full permission, ask before use.
Authur Rylah Institute staff use fyke nets for native fish sampling in Bunyip Waterhole, Barmah Forest. (Photo: Keith Ward) Full permission, ask before use.
A map of the Murray-Darling Basin see-our-progress MURRAY RIVER ADELAIDE Koondrook-Perricoota Forest Deniliquin Goolwa SOUTHAUSTRALIA VICTORIA NEW SOUTH WALES Barmah-Millewa Forest Hattah Lakes Lower Lakes, Coorong &Murray Mouth GunbowerForest Lindsay, Mulcra & Wallpolla Islands Blanchetown Mildura Swan Hill Albury-Wodonga Echuca ChowillaFloodplain