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Guttrum and Benwell forests

Project Contact: Anna Parker

We are investigating environmental works projects that aim to deliver environmental outcomes to Guttrum and Benwell forests under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, using less water.

Kerang Wetlands protection

Project Contact: Adrian Martins

The Kerang Wetlands are a unique system of more than 100 wetlands with 23 lakes and swamps recognised under the Ramsar Convention for providing habitat to significant waterbird populations.

Protecting the wetlands includes targeting threatening pests including Weeds of National Significance, rabbits and foxes which all undermine the ecological character of Ramsar sites.

Securing our world heritage

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Loddon River

Project Contact: Philip Slessar

The Loddon River flows north from the Great Dividing Range in central Victoria to the Murray River, with three main storages - Cairn Curran, Tullaroop and Laanecoorie reservoirs.

Its lower reaches are critical vegetation corridors in a landscape with only 13% of original vegetation remaining.

Lifeblood of the region

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Loddon Stressed River

Project Contact: Tess Grieves

Priority asset to be protected: 

The Loddon River downstream of Cairn Curran Reservoir is listed as a flow-stressed river in the 2002 Victorian River Health Strategy.

 

Overview: 

Gunbower Creek

Project Contact: Anna Parker

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Gunbower Creek

As the southern border to Gunbower Forest, Gunbower Creek is also a priority for healthy waterway flows.

Gunbower Creek is one of the region's most important waterways, with high environmental, cultural and economic values.

Round Lake

Project Contact: Louissa Rogers

Round Lake

Round Lake remained permanently inundated and continued to receive a series of top-ups to maintain suitable conditions for Murray hardyhead. The wetland also provide feeding conditions for a variety of waterbirds although compared to recent years the average number of birds observed during the spring and summer period dropped from 1,600 to 750, with the number of observed species richness also decreasing from 15 to 8 species.

Lake Elizabeth

Project Contact: Louissa Rogers

Lake Elizabeth 

Lake Elizabeth received a series of top-ups aimed at establishing suitable conditions for future Murray hardyhead translocation. These deliveries have bolstered the abundance of saline aquatic plant biomass in the wetland, with a 65% increase in coverage since environmental water was first delivered in 2014.

Richardson's Lagoon

Project Contact: Louissa Rogers

Richardson's Lagoon

During spring, Richardson's Lagoon was filled from near empty and overtopped to inundate a small section of the adjacent floodplain.

The event created a range of habitat types for waterbird resting, nesting and feeding and supported floodplain plants communities that have not received water since environmental water was delivered in spring 2012. The event saw up to 19 different waterbird species utilising the wetland, with particularly high abundance of grey teal, Australian pelican and Pacific black duck.

Lake Murphy

Project Contact: Louissa Rogers

Lake Murphy

Lake Murphy maintained water from the spring 2014 Watering event until January 2016. The wetland continued to support a diverse range of waterbirds throughout spring and early summer 2015 including at least 25 species and more than 1,000 individuals.

Species of particular interest include Australian shoveler, hardhead, intermediate egret, royal spoonbill, sharp-tailed sandpiper and whiskered tern. In addition a brolga pair was observed at the wetland in February 2015 with a juvenile spotted in October 2015.

Johnson Swamp

Project Contact: Louissa Rogers

Johnson Swamp

Johnson Swamp received a partial fill in autumn 2015 to prime conditions for a spring top-up that occurred between late September and mid October 2015.

The top-up was delivered at a steady rate with the aim of promoting an increase in aquatic plant biomass, providing an abundance of food for waterbirds, frogs and turtles. The event was also carefully managed to ensure a brolga nest discovered in September 2015, was not drowned or damaged.

Wirra-Lo Wetland Complex

Project Contact: Louissa Rogers

Wirra-Lo Wetland Complex

Wirra-Lo Wetland Complex was partially filled in autumn 2015 to prime conditions for a series of top-ups that occurred between October and December 2015 and in April and May 2016.

The Watering event stimulated the growth of a diverse range of aquatic and amphibious plant species as well as an abundance of waterbirds including threatened Ballion's crake, Latham's snipe and royal spoonbill. Migratory sharp-tailed sandpiper and marsh sandpiper were also recorded at the wetland complex.

Wirra-Lo Wetland Complex

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