The Upland Slopes generate the largest proportion of the catchment’s total water yield. Lake Eildon, which regulates the Goulburn River, is an important feature and contributes to agriculture and enhancing lifestyles in this area.
The Goulburn River delivers a regulated supply of high quality water down the catchment. Waterways vary in their condition, with the Goulburn River considered to be in a poor state, largely due to regulation. Streams in the upland slopes are highly valued for recreation and tourism opportunities.
Recent bushfires threatened water quality in this area through erosion, sedimentation and residue processes. There are also a number of point sources of pollution (including township and lifestyle development).
Changes to flow and flood regimes that regulate rivers threaten native fish populations and floodplain dependent plant species. However this regulation also provides many values to the community, in terms of visitation, recreation and productive intensive farming.
Priority Waterways include:
Holland Creek, Acheron River, Broken River, Goulburn River, Ford/Brankeet/Merton Creeks, Ryans Creek, Bridge Creek System, Hughes Creek
Resource Condition Targets
Fish migration (open passage) is maintained or improved by 2025
Heritage River values are maintained or improved by 2025
Improve flow regime by 2021
Instream habitat is maintained or improved by 2030
Maintain “Ecological Healthy Status”
Populations of native fish are maintained or improved by 2025
Protect and promote natural channel form and dynamics
Recreational values are maintained or improved by 2030
Riparian and floodplain vegetation condition is maintained or improved by 2025
Water quality is maintained or improved by 2030