Valley

Advisory committee formed for environmental flow study

Tuesday 3 April, 2007
An advisory committee has been formed to assist the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) with an environmental flow study for the Yea River and its tributaries.

An advisory committee has been formed to assist the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) with an environmental flow study for the Yea River and its tributaries.

The Community Advisory Committee, which will provide stakeholder and community input, is made-up of representatives from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, the GB  CMA, Goulburn-Murray Water, Goulburn Valley Water, Victorian Farmers Federation, Environment Victoria, Murrindindi Shire and community members.

GB CMA Strategic River Health Manager Wayne Tennant said the study is a scientific assessment of the Yea River and will form the basis for developing a Stream Flow Management Plan for the catchment.  The study will begin on April 3 and is expected to take 6 months to complete.

"The study will identify environmental assets, propose ecological objectives and recommend flow requirements to meet those objectives," Mr. Tennant said.

Stream Flow Management Plans are intended to provide a fair and equitable share of water between all users including urban use, irrigators and the environment to protect river health..

The Yea River is one of 21 unregulated catchments across Victoria, identified by the Victorian Government's White Paper - "Our Water Our Future", as a priority for developing a Stream Flow Management Plan.

The environmental flow determination project will follow the Victorian endorsed FLOWS methodology and be undertaken by consultants on behalf of the GB CMA. 

Results of the study will be available upon completion on the GB CMA website www.gbcma.vic.gov.au

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For more information contact:
Anna Humphris at Impress Publicity 58 212 651 or
Scott Morath at GB CMA 58 201 100