Victoria’s rivers and wetlands provide water for towns, industry and food production. This means we remove a large part of the water that would normally flow into these ecosystems.
Because of this, the health of our rivers and wetlands is under threat. This means they may not be able to support the animals and plants that depend on them.
To limit this impact, Victoria has ‘water for the environment’ in water storages. This water is stored and released to support the animals and plants that live in rivers and wetlands.
Water releases are planned each year, based on climate forecasts, past flows and current science.
- why water for the environment is important
- what it aims to achieve, and
- how we measure success.
Water for environment in West Gippsland
There are five systems in our region that can receive water for the environment. These include the Thomson, lower Macalister, Tanjil and Latrobe rivers and the lower Latrobe wetlands.
We are responsible for the management of this water. The water releases planned for 2016-17 are outlined in this years Seasonal Watering Plan.
Highlights from previous water releases for the environment can be read in Reflections – environmental watering in Victorian 2015-16.
Water releases do not impact on the security of water supply or access to irrigation water. They are also below minor flood levels. They will not impact on properties or assets next to the river or wetland.
Macalister River at Bellbird Corner before the winter high flow
Macalister River at Bellbird Corner during a winter high flow