Why is water for the environment important?

Brolga Moodie Swamp 2014Across Victoria, natural stream flow patterns and wetland filling and drying cycles have been impacted by:

  • land clearing and urbanisation
  • levees and floodplain development
  • the construction and operation of on-stream storages
  • surface and ground water extraction.

This has had a significant impact on the health and functioning of these important aquatic ecosystems and the native plants and animals that depend upon them for survival.

To help improve the health of streams and wetlands in the Goulburn Broken Catchment, environmental water is used to:

  • create instream habitat (eg. deeper pools)
  • provide connectivity between streams and floodplains
  • trigger fish movement and breeding (including Murray cod and golden perch)
  • provide feeding and breeding opportunities for waterbirds such as brolga and ibis
  • provide habitat for frogs, turtles, fish and water bugs
  • improve the condition of river bank and in-stream vegetation
  • cycle nutrients and carbon that drive food webs
  • maintain drought refuges
  • maintain stream water quality

Equally important for stream and wetland health are the complementary activities the Goulburn Broken CMA undertakes and supports. These include fencing, re-vegetation, off-stream watering, pest control, re-snagging (increasing large woody debris for fish habitat), erosion control, instream barrier removal, community education, research and monitoring.

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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.

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