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Summary 2019–20

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water for the environment delivered at this site

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water used at this site

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flowing back to the river system

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Water for the environment delivered.
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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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Are there works at this site?
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Works in use this year?
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Highlights

Activities

Students participating in the National Waterbug Blitz at Wallpolla Horseshoe wetland. Waterbugs are a good indicator of the health of our wetlands. (Photo: Mallee CMA)

Community

Campers enjoying Websters Lagoon on Lindsay Island, one of the lagoons where water for the environment was delivered in spring 2019 providing benefits for recreation as well as the environment. (Photo: Mallee CMA)

Vegetation

A number of rare and threatened plants were observed during 2019 field surveys. These included the hairy Darling-pea (photo), blue burr-daisy and Desert Glasswort. (Photo: Ecology Australia)

Waterbirds

Drying wetlands created shallow water habitat that was ideal for wading waterbirds such as the Yellow-billed spoonbill to forage and feed. (Photo: Mallee CMA)

Fish

Small-bodied fish are an important aspect of freshwater food webs, but many people don’t get to see them or know them. For example, carp gudgeon is the most common species across Lindsay Mulcra Wallpolla and this year made up 56% of all fish sampled – a whopping 22,810 recorded. (Photo: D. Wood)

Past reports for Lindsay, Mulcra & Wallpolla Islands

  Overall   Vegetation Waterbirds Fish
flood icon2019-20 B   B B B
flood icon2018-19 B   B B B
flood icon2017-18 B   B B B
flood icon2016-17 B   B A B
flood icon2015-16 B   B A A
flood icon2014-15 -   - - -
flood icon2013-14 C   B B D
flood icon2012-13 D   C B D
flood icon2011-12 B   B B B
flood icon2010-11 C   C B B
flood icon2009-10 D   D - D
flood icon2008-09 D   D - D
flood icon2007-08 D   D - B
flood icon2006-07 -   - - -
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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 – Lindsay-Mulcra-Wallpolla Islands
A couple of curious water skinks (Credit: Mallee CMA)
A couple of curious water skinks (Credit: Mallee CMA)
Finnigans Creek near Wallpolla Horseshoe Regulator (Credit: Mallee CMA)
Finnigans Creek near Wallpolla Horseshoe Regulator (Credit: Mallee CMA)
Black swans in Wallpolla Creek (Credit: Mallee CMA)
Black swans in Wallpolla Creek (Credit: Mallee CMA)
Websters Lagoon during drawdown (Credit: Mallee CMA)
Websters Lagoon during drawdown (Credit: Mallee CMA)
Water striders at Websters Lagoon, Lindsay Island (Credit: Mallee CMA)
Water striders at Websters Lagoon, Lindsay Island (Credit: Mallee CMA)
Wallpolla Horseshoe Lagoon (Credit: Mallee CMA)
Wallpolla Horseshoe Lagoon (Credit: Mallee CMA)
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