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Flows and carp screens aid frogs, fish and birds in Lowbidgee wetlands

Media release: 21 October 2013

Environmental flows are being delivered through carp screens to numerous Lowbidgee wetlands which are revegetating and attracting thousands of birds, frogs and fish, including Golden Perch.

Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Senior Environmental Water Management Officer James Maguire said more than 4,000 megalitres of Commonwealth and OEH water was being released on the western side of the Lowbidgee near Balranald.

”For the second year running, water is being directed through carp screens into Lowbidgee lakes and swamps,” Mr Maguire said.

“This is improving the revegetation of aquatic plants and increasing survival rates for tadpoles and small native fish.

“By keeping the large destructive carp out, native aquatic plants have been able to establish, providing food and nesting substrate for waterbirds including ducks, grebes, coots and swans.

“The wetland water quality has also been improved.

”The prototype of these carp screens were designed by local landholders with OEH funding in 2012/13 and their use has proved a great success.”

Further east in the Lowbidgee near Hay endangered Southern Bell Frogs have been heard calling from several wetlands soon after the arrival of environmental flows.

Commonwealth Environmental Water Office funded wetland researchers have already detected Southern Bell Frog tadpoles at one wetland and water levels will be managed in the coming months to maximise their chances of survival.

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Contact: Lucy Morrell

Page last updated: 21 October 2013