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Summary 2019–20

25.6 GL

water for the environment delivered at this site

24.1 GL

water used at this site

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flowing back to the river system

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Climate conditions

Dry - third consecutive year of dry conditions. Above average temperatures with river flows less than one third of the long-term average. tooltip
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Highlights

Activities

Higher flows in the River Murray as part of the 2019 Southern Spring Flow event provided the opportunity to connect the Gunbower Forest floodplain via Yarran Creek with the river. Fish moved between the forest and the river, with flows providing a boost of nutrient rich water and fish food downstream into the River Murray. (Photo: MDBA)

Community

Barapa Barapa Traditional Owners worked with the Victorian Fisheries Authority to release 50,000 Murray cod fingerlings into Gunbower Creek. (Photo: NCCMA)

Vegetation

Carp exclusion cages, that have been in place in Little Reedy Lagoon since 2015, continue to show the benefits for wetlands plants such as the nationally listed wallaby grass during both wetting and subsequent drying phases. (Photo: NCCMA)

Waterbirds

Black swan eggs found atop a nest in Little Reedy Lagoon. (Photo: P. Brown)

Fish

Freshwater catfish, which have been in decline across the Murray–Darling Basin appear to be making a comeback. For the second year in a row numbers doubled and were at their highest level since 2008. (Photo: C. Bloink)

Past reports for Gunbower Forest

  Overall   Vegetation Waterbirds Fish Other
flood icon2019-20 B   A A B B
flood icon2018-19 A   A A B -
flood icon2017-18 B   A B C -
flood icon2016-17 B   A B B -
flood icon2015-16 B   A B B -
flood icon2014-15 B   A A B -
flood icon2013-14 B   A B D -
flood icon2012-13 B   B A C -
flood icon2011-12 C   C B C -
flood icon2010-11 B   B A C -
flood icon2009-10 C   B C D B
flood icon2008-09 C   C C B D
flood icon2007-08 D   D C C -
flood icon2006-07 -   - - - -
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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 – Gunbower Forest
A whistling kite at Gunbower Creek (Credit: MDBA)
A whistling kite at Gunbower Creek (Credit: MDBA)
Spotted marsh frog at Reedy Lagoon, Gunbower Island. (Credit: P. Brown)
Spotted marsh frog at Reedy Lagoon, Gunbower Island. (Credit: P. Brown)
Red-bellied black snake cruising through Gunbower Forest (Credit: MDBA)
Red-bellied black snake cruising through Gunbower Forest (Credit: MDBA)
Juvenile freshwater catfish found at Turner Lagoon. (Credit: P. Brown)
Juvenile freshwater catfish found at Turner Lagoon. (Credit: P. Brown)
Wavy marshwort (Nymphoides crenata) flowering at Reedy Lagoon (Credit: P. Brown)
Wavy marshwort (Nymphoides crenata) flowering at Reedy Lagoon (Credit: P. Brown)
Golden perch recorded from Long Lagoon, Little Gunbower wetland complex (Credit: P. Brown)
Golden perch recorded from Long Lagoon, Little Gunbower wetland complex (Credit: P. Brown)
Froglet (Crinia spp) at Reedy Lagoon (Credit: MDBA)
Froglet (Crinia spp) at Reedy Lagoon (Credit: MDBA)
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