Latest watering releases
The following environmental water releases are currently being delivered or have recently been delivered.
- Delivering variable flows to Snowy River
- Delivering a fresh to the Yarra River
- Delivering to Wimmera and MacKenzie rivers, Burnt Creek and Mt William Creek
- Delivering to Gunbower Creek to target high flows
- Delivering to Hird Swamp
- Delivering to maintain River Murray flows through Barmah-Millewa Forest
- Delivering a fresh to the Goulburn River
- Delivering high baseflows to the Lower Broken Creek
- Delivering to the Loddon River
Based on operational data available 21/3/2017.
Baseflow/low flow = a relatively stable, sustained minimum flow. Fresh = small or short watering events which exceed baseflow.
Releases can include water delivered in Victoria by the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, Murray-Darling Basin Authority (The Living Murray program) and the NSW Government.
Environmental watering objectives may also be met by other water in the system (such as water which is en route for use in households, industry and farming).
How do we know it works?
To measure the success of environmental watering, it is important to draw on the large body of scientific and community knowledge that exists about Victoria’s rivers and wetlands.Learn More
Seasonal watering plan
A statewide plan that scopes potential environmental watering in rivers and wetlands.Learn More
Rivers and wetlands
- • Barmah Forest
- • Gunbower Creek and Forest
- • Central Murray wetlands
- • Hattah Lakes
- • Lower Murray wetlands
- • Lindsay, Wallpolla and Mulcra
- • Ovens system
- • Goulburn River
- • Goulburn wetlands
- • Upper Broken Creek
- • Lower Broken Creek
- • Broken wetlands
- • Campaspe River
- • Coliban River
- • Loddon River
- • Boort wetlands
- • Birchs Creek
Environmental water stories
Looking across the expanse of sheep paddocks, it's hard to imagine the landscape dotted with wetlands, but it used to be before it was turned into farms.
The platypus is a uniquely Australian species. Along with echidnas, platypus are part of an exceptional group of mammals which lay eggs, known as monotremes. Yet our ‘duck-billed’, egg-laying icon requires protection.
News and media releases
Australians are accustomed to thinking that dry is bad, that drying out means death. However, when it comes to wetlands, the opposite can be true – drying out can mean life.
Considered being on a Victorian water or catchment board? DELWP is recruiting for appointments to the first Aboriginal Commissioner of the Victorian Environment Water Holder, catchment management authority boards and water corporation boards.
Native fish will be the beneficiaries of environmental water released into the River Murray this autumn.