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Summary 2017–18

10.4 GL

water for the environment delivered at this site

10.4 GL

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 - 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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In winter and spring 2018 water for the environment was delivered to around 1,200 hectares of wetlands and 3,200 hectares of river red gums in the lower Gunbower Forest. In areas that were watered, floodplain plants grew and river red gums displayed a flush of new canopy growth. In contrast in areas that weren’t watered, the floodplain is dominated by drought tolerant species. In 2019-20 the aim is to maintain refuges for wetland plants, native fish and waterbirds.


Barapa Barapa Traditional Owners participated in a ‘Connection to Creek’ canoe tour along Gunbower Creek to visit cultural sites. The tour was followed by a field day with archaeologists to map cultural sites identified during the tour.


In Spring 2017 following a drying phase and carp removal, water for environment was delivered to the Reedy Lagoon and Black Swamp wetlands. The removal of over 1,000 kilograms of carp allowed the wetland plants, such as the nationally vulnerable listed river swamp wallaby and the wavy marshwort, to flourish.


Flows delivered in Gunbower Creek are providing good conditions to support native fish and their recovery. Monitoring is showing a stable Murray cod population in Gunbower Creek. A range of ages and sizes shows that it is a robust and healthy fish population. (Photo: Chris Bloink Ecology Australia)

Past reports for Gunbower Forest

  Overall   Vegetation Waterbirds Fish Other
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 -   - - - -
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 the River Murray – Gunbower Forest
Black Swamp
Black Swamp
Hipwell Road
Hipwell Road
Little Reedy
Little Reedy
Plant identification course at Reedy Lagoon
Plant identification course at Reedy Lagoon
Reedy Lagoon
Reedy Lagoon
Little pied cormorant chicks
Little pied cormorant chicks
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