The lower Murray wetlands are found across the floodplain of the River Murray between Swan Hill and the SA border. The system includes creeks, wetlands and floodplains that are ecologically important and reflect the natural character and attributes of the River Murray floodplain.
Regulation and diversion of River Murray flows has substantially reduced the frequency and duration of the high river flows that are needed to provide water to the lower Murray wetlands. This change to the water regime has caused a decline in the environmental values associated with billabongs and other floodplain habitats.
Environmental water can be delivered to some wetlands in the region through a combination of direct pumping from the River Murray and through use of irrigation supply infrastructure. All the wetlands can be managed independently of each other.