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2020-21 Water Summary

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water for the environment delivered at this site

84.3 GL

water used at this site

285.2 GL

flowing back to the river system

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Actions

Water for the environment delivered.
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Climate conditions

Moderate - Conditions were milder compared to the previous 3 hot, dry years. River flows were around three-quarters of the long-term average. tooltip
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Works

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Highlights

First Nations

First Nations representatives undertook an Aboriginal Heritage survey to identify and record Aboriginal values at the Algabohnyah Aboriginal Place within Millewa Forest. This will be used to inform a management plan for this site.
(Photo: Austral Archaeology)

Activities

Fencing at Little Rushy Swamp is protecting native vegetation from grazing and allowing plants such as Moira grass and the nationally threatened river swamp wallaby grass to grow.
(Photo: Keith Ward, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority)

Vegetation

Delivery of water for the environment is supporting healthy wetlands, providing habitats for fish and waterbirds to thrive.
(Photo: Brady Cronin, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Waterbirds

Water for the environment delivered to Boals Deadwood in Barmah Forest provided ideal conditions for ibis to breed.
(Photo: Keith Ward, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority)

Fish

The highest ever number of Murray cod (pictured) and trout cod were recorded at sites in the forest with flowing habitat.
(Photo: Keith Ward, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority)

Past reports for Barmah-Millewa Forest

  Overall   Vegetation Waterbirds Fish Other
flood icon2020-21 B   B B B B
flood icon2019-20 B   B B B A
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
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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
Little pied cormorants and little black cormorants at Harbours Lake. (Credit: Keith Ward, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority)
Little pied cormorants and little black cormorants at Harbours Lake. (Credit: Keith Ward, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority)
Spotted marsh frog egg mass at Steamer Plains. (Credit: Keith Ward, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority)
Spotted marsh frog egg mass at Steamer Plains. (Credit: Keith Ward, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority)
Eastern long-necked turtle (Credit: Chris Tzaros, Birds, Bush and Beyond)
Eastern long-necked turtle (Credit: Chris Tzaros, Birds, Bush and Beyond)
Peregrine falcon (Credit: Chris Tzaros, Birds, Bush and Beyond)
Peregrine falcon (Credit: Chris Tzaros, Birds, Bush and Beyond)
Peron's tree frog (Credit: Chris Tzaros, Birds, Bush and Beyond)
Peron's tree frog (Credit: Chris Tzaros, Birds, Bush and Beyond)
Striated pardalote (Credit: Chris Tzaros (Birds, Bush and Beyond))
Striated pardalote (Credit: Chris Tzaros (Birds, Bush and Beyond))
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