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2020-21 Water Summary

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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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Highlights

First Nations

The Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation held six Yarning Circles on Ruwe (Country) to share family stories and talk about cultural values that are important to the community.
(Photo: Carol Schmidt, DEW)

Community

To celebrate ten years of continuous flows through the barrages since the end of the Millennium Drought in 2010, community, scientists and water managers came together for A Decade of Connection and Healing event at the Goolwa Barrage.
(Photo: Emma Pink, DEW)

Vegetation

Water for the environment is supporting healthy aquatic habitat for native fish and waterbirds at Mundoo wetlands.
(Photo: Adrienne Rumbelow, DEW)

Waterbirds

Flocks of up to 1,000 Red-necked Stints were observed feeding on the shores of the Coorong.
(Photo: Martin Stokes, DEW)

Fish

Continuous connectivity between the Lower Lakes and Coorong is providing ideal conditions for pouched lamprey movement. Numbers recorded moving through the barrages were the highest since monitoring began in 2006.
(Photo: Adrienne Rumbelow, DEW )

Past reports for Lower Lakes, Coorong and Murray Mouth

  Overall   Vegetation Waterbirds Fish Other
flood icon2020-21 C   B D B C
flood icon2019-20 C   D D C C
flood icon2018-19 C   C D C B
flood icon2017-18 C   C D C B
flood icon2016-17 B   B D B B
flood icon2015-16 C   C D C A
flood icon2014-15 B   B A C B
flood icon2013-14 B   B A C A
flood icon2012-13 B   B A B A
flood icon2011-12 B   B A B A
flood icon2010-11 D   C D D B
flood icon2009-10 D   C D C D
flood icon2008-09 D   B D D D
flood icon2007-08 D   B D D D
flood icon2006-07 C   - D B C
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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 – Lower Lakes, Coorong and Murray Mouth
Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation tour of the Kurangk (Coorong) (Credit: South Australian Department for Environment and Water)
Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation tour of the Kurangk (Coorong) (Credit: South Australian Department for Environment and Water)
Healthy  plants fringing Hunters Creek. (Credit: Kirsty Wedge, DEW)
Healthy plants fringing Hunters Creek. (Credit: Kirsty Wedge, DEW)
Fairy terns in the Coorong. (Credit: Martin Stokes,DEW)
Fairy terns in the Coorong. (Credit: Martin Stokes,DEW)
Southern pygmy perch recorded at the Lower Lakes. (Credit: Adrienne Rumbelow, DEW)
Southern pygmy perch recorded at the Lower Lakes. (Credit: Adrienne Rumbelow, DEW)
Flows at Tauwitchwere Barrage supporting the movement of fish between the Lower Lakes and Coorong, (Credit: Kirsty Wedge, DEW)
Flows at Tauwitchwere Barrage supporting the movement of fish between the Lower Lakes and Coorong, (Credit: Kirsty Wedge, DEW)
Members of the Ngarrindjeri community assisting in threatened fish monitoring in the Lower Lakes. (Credit: Kirsty Wedge )
Members of the Ngarrindjeri community assisting in threatened fish monitoring in the Lower Lakes. (Credit: Kirsty Wedge )
Ruppia tuberosa and filamentous green algae interaction in the Coorong. Algae disrupted ruppia flowering and seedset in 2020-21. (Credit: Sabine Dittmann, Flinders University)
Ruppia tuberosa and filamentous green algae interaction in the Coorong. Algae disrupted ruppia flowering and seedset in 2020-21. (Credit: Sabine Dittmann, Flinders University)
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