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A lot of science and community knowledge exists about the water needs of plants and animals in rivers and wetlands. Using this knowledge, specific studies have identified the types of flows a particular river needs or the wetting and drying patterns needed by a wetland.

Flow studies tell us about the timing, watering duration and amount of water needed by native plants and animals. Many flow studies have been developed for rivers and wetlands that receive environmental water.

Environmental water management plans are also developed. These plans use the flow studies and help guide watering of rivers and wetlands that receive environmental water. 

Below is a list of available flow studies and environmental water management plans.

Western region

of the Glenelg, Wimmera and MacKenzie rivers and Mount William, Burnt and Bungalally creeks, as well as priority wetlands formerly supplied by the Wimmera–Mallee channel system.

Northern region

The northern region has a vital network of rivers, wetlands and floodplains that provide homes for ancient river red gums and a diversity of other plants and animals. Priority sites include the Goulburn, Broken, Loddon and Campaspe rivers as well as wetlands and floodplains on these systems and on the Victorian Murray system, including

Barmah Environmental Water Management Plan [PDF File - 1.9 MB]

Birchs Creek flow study [PDF File - 1.5 MB]
Birchs Creek Environmental Water Management Plan [PDF File - 2.7 MB]

Broken Creek flow study [PDF File - 1.7 MB]

Broken and Boosey Creek flow study [PDF File - 2.7 MB]

Broken River Environmental Watering Plan [PDF File - 3.2 MB]

Cardross and Koorlong Lakes Environmental Water Management Plan [PDF File - 3.0 MB]

Goulburn River flow study [PDF File - 4.4 MB]
Goulburn River Environmental Water Management Plan [PDF File - 3.9 MB]
Goulburn River - Evaluation of summer inter-valley water transfers from Goulburn River [PDF File - 4.0 MB]
Goulburn River - Evaluation for flow freshes in lower Goulburn River [PDF File - 975.4 KB]  
Goulburn River - Overbank flow study for lower Goulburn River  [PDF File - 4.0 MB]

Gunbower Creek flow study [PDF File - 5.0 MB]
Gunbower Environmental Water Management Plan [PDF File - 4.5 MB] 

Hattah Environmental Water Management Plan [PDF File - 1.5 MB]

Johnstons and Chaffey Bend Environmental Water Management Plan [PDF File - 4.0 MB]

Kiewa River flow study [PDF File - 2.9 MB]

Lake Boort Environmental Water Management Plan [PDF File - 4.3 MB]

Lake Elizabeth Environmental Water Management Plan [PDF File - 4.4 MB]

Gippsland region

There are four systems in Gippsland that can receive environmental water: the Latrobe (including the Latrobe River and lower Latrobe wetlands), Thomson, Macalister and Snowy.

Latrobe River flow study [PDF File - 2.8 MB]
Macalister River flow study [PDF File - 6.4 MB] 
Thomson River flow study [PDF File - 5.1 MB]