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Rainbow fish

Small fish makes a big splash

They are a tiny little fish, but when they are found, they are big news. The magnificent-looking Murray Darling rainbow fish grows to about seven centimetres long and were once prevalent across the Murray Darling Basin. But not anymore.

water rats courtesy Zoos Victoria

The Loddon’s summer lovin’

After wet springs, irrigation demand can decrease over summer. When this happens, flows in the northern sections of the Loddon River, and its tributaries, can slow to a trickle.

Murray cod

Working together to benefit river communities

Another peak summer recreation period has ended with minimal environmental water leaving Lake Eppalock.

Lake Hawthorn

Lake Hawthorn teeming with bird life

An early morning or evening walk around Lake Hawthorn at the moment is a treat for nature-lovers. Thousands of birds are in temporary residence at the lake in response to seasonal conditions and the availability of water at the saline wetland at Cabarita west of Mildura.

Wallhalla Rd bridge, Thomson River

Delivering a healthier Thomson River

More water will flow through the Thomson River, with the Andrews Labor Government taking the next step in delivering an additional eight gigalitres of water.

Fishing enthusiasts on field trip

Water releases to boost Murray cod

A group of recreational anglers recently took the opportunity to learn first-hand how environmental water releases near Mathoura are boosting populations of one of their most prized catches - the Murray Cod.

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Seasonal Watering Plan 2017-18

To ensure we are delivering water where and when it is most needed and achieving the best environmental outcomes for Victoria, we base our plans on local knowledge and rigorous science. Our annual seasonal watering plan is based on proposals developed by catchment management authorities and Melbourne Water, drawing from scientific river and wetland studies and community engagement.

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