Current water releases for the environment

Spring Releases of Water for the Environment

Water the Heyfield Wetlands

The Heyfield Wetlands will receive its second inflow of water this October as part of a water for the environment initiative.

Up to 10 megalitres in total will be delivered to the wetlands over the week of 14 to 18 of October, 2019. A fill rate of up to 2.5 megalitres per day and will be delivered to the western ponds, transferred from the Thomson River system with the assistance of Gippsland Water.

Visitors to the wetlands during this time are urged to take care around the wetlands and keep out of restricted areas. Please keep dogs on a leash.

This water delivery is part of a plan to provide water for the environment to the Heyfield Wetlands, with the first flow delivered in August 2019. You can learn more about the watering of the wetlands in these videos, the Wonderful Heyfield Wetlands and Heyfield Wetlands Post Watering.

Environmental flows in the Latrobe, Thomson and Macalister Rivers

A coordinated flow is planned to be delivered in the Latrobe, Thomson and Macalister Rivers this spring.

The flows will be delivered from the Thomson and Macalister from early November onwards. In the Latrobe River, the need for flows will be subject to an assessment of seasonal conditions and the impacts of recent flooding.

Flows are managed based on monitoring seasonal conditions and river system conditions and using the best available science and expert knowledge.

What are the benefits of the flows?

The objectives of these spring flows are to:

  • trigger upstream migration of native diadramous fish species, eel and lamprey
  • wet the banks to improve the condition of riparian vegetation
  • maintain channel capacity and river bench habitiat
  • push the salt wedge toward the mouth of the Latrobe estuary

More details (flows, river heights and dates) will be advised closer to the release dates once plans are finalised.

You can find out more in our Seasonal Watering Plans and learn more about water for the environment on our water for the environment page.

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Frog eggs at Heyfield Wetlands
Frog eggs at Heyfield Wetlands.
Heyfield Wetlands with water from the August 2019 environmental flow.
Heyfield Wetlands with water from the August 2019 environmental flow.

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