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 Table 5.7.3 Potential environmental watering actions and objectives for the Boort wetlands
5.7 Loddon system
      Potential environmental watering action
Lake Meran (top-ups as required to maintain water level between 77.30 and 77.80m AHD)
Lake Meran (fill, if required in response to natural flooding)
Lake Yando (fill in late winter/spring)
Lake Leaghur (fill in winter/ spring)
Lake Yando and Lake Leaghur (top-ups as required, if significant waterbird breeding occurs)
Functional watering objectives
• Increase the water depth to maintain an appropriate water temperature for aquatic animals and provide a refuge for freshwater turtles, waterbirds and fish
• Provide dry areas (above 77.8 m AHD) to promote the growth and increase the extent of herbland vegetation around the wetland fringe
• Top-ups will most likely be required in late winter, spring and autumn, but may be delivered year-round to maintain minimum water depth requirements for aquatic animals
• Provide moisture to maintain mature trees in the intermittent swampy woodland on the wetland fringe
• Provide deep, open water to support the feeding of deep-water foraging waterbirds and support breeding of colonial nesting birds
• Wet the wetland fringe to promote the germination and recruitment of river red gums and maintain the existing mature trees
• Support the growth of aquatic and semi-aquatic plants
• Provide habitat and food resources for aquatic animals
• Grow zooplankton and waterbug communities to provide food for waterbirds and frogs
• Wet the wetland fringe to promote the germination and recruitment of fringing vegetation (such as river red gums and cane grass)
• Support the growth of aquatic and semi-aquatic plants
• Provide habitat and food resources for aquatic animals
• Grow zooplankton and waterbug communities to provide food for waterbirds and frogs
• Maintain shallow-water habitat under tree canopies to ensure adequate food resources for nesting waterbirds and their chicks
• Top-ups will most likely be required over late spring/summer but may be delivered at other times if required
Environmental objectives
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