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Summary 2018–19

43.9 GL

water for the environment delivered at this site

16.1 GL

water used at this site

27.8 GL tooltip

flowing back to the river system

clipart representing water use


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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Works in use this year?
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Grazing pressure continues to impact vegetation at sites which receive water. A concerted effort is underway to further address this issue. (Photo: Ali Stokes)


The First Peoples Coordinator regularly hosts tours of the Chowilla floodplain sharing information to community members about the cultural importance of the icon site to the Traditional Owners. (Photo: Ali Stokes)


Large clusters of swamp lily, listed as rare in South Australia, were recorded in Pilby Creek during spring surveys. (Photo: Courtney Monk)


Seven ground cuckoo-shrikes were sighted during bushbird monitoring. Ground cuckoo-shrikes are rare, unpredictable, nomadic outback birds. Other rare sightings included a juvenile white-bellied sea eagle and a Baillons crake. The distinctive call of the secretive Lewin’s rail was also heard. (Photo: Helga Kieskamp)


Monitoring found very high numbers of fairy shrimp, freshwater mussels, shield shrimp and other bugs were observed. 21 Eastern long-necked turtles were found at Pilby Lagoon and three at Werta Wert wetland.. (Photo: Lara Suitor)

Past reports for Chowilla Floodplains

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


Stories from River Murray – Chowilla Floodplain
Critically endangered regent parrot
Broad-shelled turtle
Nationally listed southern bell frog
Coppermine Waterhole
Yellow-billed and royal spoonbills at Coombool Swamp
Red-capped plover – Coombool Swamp
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