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.
Why have one brain when you can have two? The Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) is making flexibility in the workplace work to its advantage by appointing Dr Sarina Loo and Trent Wallis as executive officers.
Surveys last month saved a juvenile female platypus from death, wildlife ecologist Josh Griffiths says. He discovered the female during the first night of Wimmera Catchment Management Authority surveys in the MacKenzie River with a hair tie wrapped around her neck.
The co-ordination of environmental flows in three rivers has been used to distribute Golden Perch (Macquaria ambigua), Silver Perch (Bidyanus bidyanus) and other native fish across river networks throughout parts of the southern Murray-Darling Basin.
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.
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.
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.
Where possible, environmental water managers mimic the wetting and drying phases of wetlands that happened naturally. Many wetlands will not thrive without wetting and drying phases, because each phase achieves different purposes at different times.
Large-bodied native fish such as Murray Cod in the Loddon River are being fitted with acoustic tags as part of a new monitoring program investigating fish responses to environmental flow deliveries across Victoria.
Additional water is being released from Goulburn Weir to help dilute debris-rich run-off from local creeks that has discoloured the Goulburn River downstream of Shepparton during the past couple of days.
The North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) says recent flooding in the Campaspe and Loddon rivers is likely to have prevented the successful breeding this season of one of Australia's most iconic animals.
The North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is carefully managing a series of key wetlands in the north of the state to both capitalise on the wet conditions and limit any damage from the recent floods.
Environmental watering is underway at Hattah Lakes, taking advantage of high flows in the River Murray. For the past three weeks, river flows in the River Murray have been high enough to naturally enter Chalka Creek, giving native aquatic plants and animals the opportunity to move between the river and the lakes.
Melbourne Water is expecting a baby boom of threatened Australian Grayling having successfully mimicked ideal breeding conditions for the species through the release of environmental water in the Tarago River.
Science and Mother Nature have combined forces ensuring there is no need for August's scheduled environmental water release down the Campaspe River. Rainfall in late July and early August fell at the same time the 50ML-a-day winter low flow was heading down the river.
Above-average rainfall and flooding in Victoria's High Country is providing an unexpected boost to Gunbower Forest. Rainfall as much as 200 per cent above average in the Goulburn, Kiewa and Ovens river catchments in July has resulted in more water than expected entering the Murray River downstream of Lake Hume.
The water allocation trading strategy for 2016-17 scopes potential trade. It includes the possibility of selling water in northern Victoria and purchasing water in the Moorabool and Maribyrnong systems to maintain water quality and protect plants and animals.
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville released the booklet, Reflections – Environmental Watering in Victoria 2014-15, at Healesville Sanctuary highlighting the importance of environmental watering to the state's platypus population.
The North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has delayed a planned wetland watering in the north of the state on the back of the prolonged blue-green algae (BGA) outbreak in the Murray River system.
The Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) has authorised the
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority to deliver up to 10 GL of
Victorian environmental water to the Goulburn River to 'wet' and support the
recovery of river bank vegetation while also increasing habitat for water bugs
The VEWH has approved a request from the Goulburn Broken Catchment
Management Authority to re-allocate 300 ML of environmental water from
Reedy Swamp to Kinnairds Wetland in the Goulburn and Broken wetlands.
When you're sitting on the banks of the
Murray River, it's easy to forget that the water flowing past might not
be there due to recent rain. Chances are it's there because it's been
intentionally released from upstream to benefit plants and animals.
The work to restore the ecological
significance of Gunbower Forest has been recognised overseas. Crew from a
Brazilian media outlet, TV
Globo visited Gunbower Forest in early March 2015, as part of a
documentary and to learn more about approaches to drought and water
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Victorian
Environmental Water Holder have planned for a large-scale environmental
watering event in Barmah Forest, which is now underway and will continue
throughout the remainder of spring.
The Victorian Environmental Water Holder
(VEWH) is currently undertaking a review of management arrangements
under the shared Wimmera and Glenelg Rivers environmental water
entitlement, to determine if these arrangements are achieving optimum
environmental benefits across the two systems.
You're invited to celebrate the launch of Reflections - environmental
watering in Victoria 2011-12 and witness the first environmental
release specifically targeting environmental values in the Werribee
Estuary, including juvenile black bream and platypus.
Local residents and visitors to the Campaspe River, north of Rochester,
may notice the river level rise and fall along with changes to water
flow rate and colour as water makes its way from the Campaspe Siphon to
the Murray River.
The Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) has authorised the
release of environmental flows in the Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister,
Yarra, Tarago, Werribee, Moorabool, Wimmera, Glenelg and Loddon systems.
The Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) has contributed 10
billion litres, known as gigalitres (GL) as part of a larger
environmental watering event currently underway in the Barmah–Millewa
Forest, an icon site of the Living Murray program.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith has appointed
Commissioners to Victoria's first independent body for holding and
managing environmental water – the Victorian Environmental Water Holder