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Shared benefits – The many cultural, economic, recreational, social and Traditional Owner benefits of environmental watering.
Slackwater habitat – Habitat in a body of water that has little or no flow, typically formed in areas where the current is restricted by obstructions.
Spawning – The process of species releasing eggs and sperm to reproduce.
Storage manager – Appointed by the Minister for Water to operate major water storages in a particular river basin, to deliver water to entitlement holders.
System operating water – Water managed by storage managers, held in storages and actively released to ensure the system can deliver consumptive water and water to meet other needs.
Temporary trade – Transfer of a seasonal allocation. Terrestrial vegetation – Land-based plants.
The Living Murray program – An intergovernmental program which holds an average of 500,000 ML of water for the environment a year for use at six iconic sites along the River Murray.
Tier 1a – High-priority potential environmental watering actions that could be achieved with the assumed supply of water.
Tier 1b – High-priority potential environmental watering actions that are unlikely to be achieved with the assumed supply of water and may require additional water to meet demands.
Tier 2 – Environmental watering actions identified as being necessary to support the environmental objectives, but which are not essential to deliver this year.
Trade – Water shares, allocations and take-and-use licences that can be traded in Victoria under rules the Minister for Water sets.
Translocation – The movement of living organisms from one area to another area where they are given free release.
Tributary – A smaller river or creek that flows into a larger river.
Unregulated (entitlement) – An entitlement to water declared in periods of unregulated flow in a river system (that is, flows that cannot be captured in storages).
Unregulated flows – Natural streamflows that cannot be captured in major reservoirs or storages.
Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) – An independent statutory body responsible for holding and managing Victorian water for the environment entitlements and allocations.
Victorian environmental watering program – The overarching program by which all environmental watering actions are planned and delivered and in which all environmental watering partners are involved.
Water Act 1989 – The legislation that governs water entitlements and establishes the mechanisms for managing Victoria’s water resources.
Water entitlement – The right to a volume of water that can (usually) be stored in reservoirs and taken and used under specific conditions.
Water trade – The process of buying, selling or exchanging water allocation or entitlements.
Water allocation – See Allocation (of water).
Water for the environment – Water available for environmental purposes including entitlements held by the VEWH, passing flows and unregulated flows.
Water year – The same as a financial year: from 1 July to 30 June the next year.
Waterway manager – The agency or authority (such as a CMA or Melbourne Water) responsible for the environmental management of a catchment or waterway.
Waterways – Rivers, wetlands, creeks, floodplains, estuaries and other bodies of water.
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