The Minister for Water is currently considering the VEWH's application to establish a new Upper Barwon River Environmental Entitlement, in line with the Water Act 1989.
The application seeks to provide 1,000 ML per year for the Barwon River by allocating part of Barwon Water's water entitlement in the West Barwon Reservoir to the environment.
If the new Upper Barwon River Environmental Entitlement is approved, the VEWH will hold the entitlement and the Corangamite CMA will be authorised to manage it on behalf of the VEWH.
The Corangamite CMA will prepare annual seasonal watering proposals in consultation with community groups. The watering program will be based on scientific studies to determine the best regime to maintain and improve the environmental values of the river reaches along the Barwon River.
If the CMA finalises a proposal during 2017–18, the VEWH will review it and update the Seasonal Watering Plan 2017–18 to incorporate the agreed priority watering actions.