Extra water for plants and fish in the Thomson River

Plants and wildlife that rely on the Thomson River for food and shelter will receive a boost thanks to an additional eight gigalitres (GL) (on average) being granted for the benefit of the Thomson River ecosystem.

This is the equivalent of more than 3,000 Olympic swimming pools per year.

Environmental Water Resources Officer, Minna Tom, said the increase means that the reserve of water for the environment in the Thomson Reservoir would receive on average, 18 GL per year the equivalent of more than 7,000 Olympic swimming pools.

“This is great news, as this means we have more opportunities to provide the flows that plants and animals in the Thomson River need. These needs may not have been fulfilled otherwise because of the Thomson Reservoir,” said Minna.

“The Thomson provides water for towns, industry and food production which means a lot of water is removed from the river which would normally flow down the full length and into the Latrobe River estuary and its adjacent wetlands near the Swing Bridge in Sale.

“Because a lot of water is removed, Victoria has water for the environment set aside in water storages.

“By almost doubling the average water available for the environment in the Thomson River from 10 GL to 18 GL we are really able to support migratory fish such as Australian grayling, tupong and Australian Bass.”

For more information about water for the environment, check out this cool video that explains why it is needed and how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6QLLNsc3nk

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