Environmental watering 2012-13
Up to 21,000 ML of Commonwealth environmental water has been made available for use in Gunbower Creek, Victoria, during 2012-13..
Photo: John Baker © DSEWPaC
Commonwealth environmental water will be used to contribute to flows in Gunbower Creek from August to November 2012 and March to June 2013.
These flows will contribute to providing good quality habitats in which native fish communities, including golden and silver perch, Murray cod, trout cod and the crimson spotted rainbowfish, can successfully migrate, breed and grow.
This watering action is an example of how environmental water can contribute to environmental outcomes at multiple sites. With the assistance of our delivery partners, the environmental water for this action will be provided from flows that were originally part of other environmental watering actions in the Goulburn River, Campaspe River or Broken Creek catchments.
This watering action will be managed in cooperation with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Goulburn-Murray Water, and the North Central Catchment Management Authority.
What makes this place so special and why is Commonwealth environmental water used here?
- Gunbower Creek provides habitat for 12 different types of native fish, including important local populations of trout cod, freshwater catfish and Murray River rainbow fish.
- Gunbower Forest, a wetland of international importance, also occurs in this area and forms part of the second-largest river red gum forest in Australia.
- Gunbower Forest also provides important feeding, nesting and breeding habitat for many native plant and animal communities including more than 22 different types of waterbirds such as intermediate egrets.
Pgoto: Arthur Mostead © MDBA
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