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Summary 2017–18

433.6 GL

water for the environment delivered at this site

48.7 GL

water used at this site

384.9 GL tooltip

flowing back to the river system

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Actions

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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Highlights

Activities

Forest regulators are flow control structures that look like weirs. They control when and where water enters and exits the forest. Forest regulators were opened early in winter in 2017 and 2018 to allow water to naturally rise and fall and move from the River Murray into and out of the forest creek network. This is important as native fish actively use these creeks to feed, breed and move between the forest habitats and the River Murray.

Community

The Aboriginal Waterways Assessment is a tool used to help identify watering objectives to improve outcomes for culture and Country. The Millewa Aboriginal Waterways Assessment was undertaken in 2018 by Traditional Owners. The environmental and cultural health of ten forest creeks and wetlands were assessed and the findings will help improve the delivery of water for the environment.

Vegetation

Monitoring is showing that native plants are in better health and invasive species are supressed at sites that receive water for the environment. Moira grass and endangered swamp wallaby grass are thriving in fenced wetland areas where there is no grazing by feral horses and pigs.

Waterbirds

Delivery of water for the environment to wetlands within the forest supported nesting success for cormorants, night-herons and spoonbills, and provided suitable nesting habitat for bitterns, crakes and rails. More work is needed to control feral pigs as they ate eggs and caused waterbirds to abandon their nests. (Photo Keith Ward)

Fish

Over the last two years, mimicking a more natural winter flow through the forest is working with the health of the fish community improving. For the first time in ten years there were good numbers of Murray cod and golden and silver perch eggs in the river, and improved numbers of Murray cod and silver perch.

Past reports for Barmah-Millewa Forest

  Overall   Vegetation Waterbirds Fish Other
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
 
 
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 – Millewa Forest
Cucumber Gully. Photo: Keith Ward
Cucumber Gully. Photo: Keith Ward
River Murray near Gulf regulators. Photo: Keith Ward
River Murray near Gulf regulators. Photo: Keith Ward
Rufous Night Heron caught by trail cameras - Boals Deadwoods. Photo: Keith Ward
Rufous Night Heron caught by trail cameras - Boals Deadwoods. Photo: Keith Ward
Moira grass. Photo: Keith Ward
Moira grass. Photo: Keith Ward
Fish monitoring Barmah Forest. Photo: Keith Ward
Fish monitoring Barmah Forest. Photo: Keith Ward
Long necked turtle at Bunyip Waterhole Photo: Keith Ward.
Long necked turtle at Bunyip Waterhole Photo: Keith Ward.
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