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Environmental watering in the mid Murrumbidgee wetlands and Murrumbidgee River channel 2013-14

Status

23 October 2013: Not proceeding. This action did not proceed as the natural flow triggers required to achieve the intended outcomes did not occur.

About the watering

Up to 150,000 ML of Commonwealth environmental water was available for use in the mid Murrumbidgee wetlands and river channel during 2013-14. This use of this water was dependant on the occurrence of a suitably sized natural flow event as a trigger for the use of Commonwealth environmental water.

The purpose of the proposed watering action was to protect and maintain the ecological health and resilience of the Mid-Murrumbidgee Wetlands. Commonwealth environmental water was intended to contribute to river flows by augmenting a natural higher flow event to support reproduction and improved condition of native plants, waterbirds, fish and other native animals, and to support hydrological connectivity and dispersal of nutrients, plants and animals.

As a result of the absence of a suitable natural trigger for this action, alternative uses of Commonwealth environmental water in the Murrumbidgee catchment have been pursued including the 2013-14 environmental watering in the lower Murrumbidgee floodplains. The potential alternative uses are outlined in Commonwealth environmental water use options 2013-14: Murrumbidgee River Valley.