Our region comprises the four major river catchments of Campaspe, Loddon, Avoca and Avon-Richardson. The Campaspe and Loddon rivers flow directly into the Murray River. The Avoca River drains into a series of terminal lakes and wetlands (the Avoca Marshes). During flood events, it may flow to the Murray River and a further series of terminal lakes. The Avon- Richardson catchment is internally drained, with most surface water draining into Lake Buloke in the north of the catchment.
Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) will soon release the draft Victorian Waterway Management Strategy for public consultation - keep an eye on this website http://www.water.vic.gov.au/environment/rivers/draft-victorian-waterway-management-strategy for more information on how you can contribute to this important direction for waterway management in Victoria.
Waterways, wetlands and floodplains are those parts of the region's natural landscapes where water collects and through which it flows. The asset includes the Campaspe, Loddon, Avoca, Avon and Richardson rivers, their tributaries and the region's lakes and wetlands. This asset class focuses on the habitat provided for riparian, wetland and aquatic ecosystems and their function in conveying and retaining water.
Waterways, wetlands and floodplains are key life support systems in their own right and help to protect water resources. In doing so they provide a range of ecosystem services. These services include: