Trial flooding of Doctors Swamp

Wednesday 7 October, 2009
Doctors Swamp: 4 hours after opening regulator.Doctors Swamp: Regulator 4 hours after opening.
Doctors Swamp: 4 hours after opening regulator.
Doctors Swamp: 4 hours after opening regulator.
Doctors Swamp: Regulator 4 hours after opening.
Doctors Swamp: Regulator 4 hours after opening.

A minor flow of 40ML has been released into Doctors Swamp (02-03 October 2009), as a trial to test the efficiency and location of the primary flow path into the wetland and exhibitthe relationship of this flow with the adjoining overflow sill.

Doctors Swamp is a Shallow Marsh dominated by large old River Red Gums, located west of Murchison where significant plant and animal species depend on the continued health of the wetland. Heavy rainfall in the upper catchment has provided an opportunity to divert some flow into the significant wetland. The wetland has never before been in receipt of a formal managed environmental water release.

Keith Ward, Environmental Water Reserve Manager at GBCMA said, "A small trial flood is planned to test the ability to adequately divert water into the wetland in the event that larger volumes of water become available in the future. The wetland is currently dry and has the capacity to hold approximately 1000ML. The 40ML diversion is deemed to be the minimum volume required to test the flow distribution into the wetland and have environmental benefit, whilst recognising the current low water resource available."

The water being used is from environmental entitlements, legally set aside to protect rivers and wetlands. Use of the water will not decrease the amount of water available for irrigation. Under Commonwealth and State law, Victoria has a responsibility to protect threatened species within its borders. The water is being managed by GB CMA in conjunction with DSE state-wide environmental water priorities, and Parks Victoria as land manager.

Photos can be supplied by GB CMA on request, or opportunities for a photographer to accompany a GB CMA staff member to the site may be able to be arranged.

Who should be contacted about the topic if further information is required

Keith Ward
Environmental Water Reserve Officer
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
168 Welsford St. PO Box 1752 Shepparton 3632
Ph: 03 5820 1121 or 0408 60 55 66 Fax: 03 5831 6254

Release Ends

Photo available. For more information please contact:

Keith Ward at GB CMA on 5820 1100.

The Goulburn Broken CMA acknowledges and respects First Nations people and the deep connection they have with their land and waters.

We acknowledge the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung people and their ancestors/forbears as Traditional Owners of the land and waters in the Goulburn Broken Catchment (and beyond). We value our ongoing partnerships with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Land and Waters Council for the health of Country and its people.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge and recognise the primacy of Traditional Owners obligations, rights and responsibilities to use and care for their traditional lands and waters.

168 Welsford Street, PO Box 1752, Shepparton VIC 3630
T (03) 5822 7700
F (03) 5831 6254

89 Sydney Road, PO Box 124, Benalla VIC 3672
T (03) 5822 7700

Shop 5/10 High Street, Yea VIC 3717
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