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Wetlands reconnection flow Murrumbidgee River and Yanco Creek - environmental water delivery now complete

Media release: 15 August 2017

River users in the Murrumbidgee Valley are advised that the delivery of environmental water from Burrinjuck and Blowering dams, to enable a reconnection flow to Murrumbidgee wetlands, has now successfully ceased.

The flow commenced on 24 July 2017 with the peak of this release now approaching Hay.

Numerous wetlands have been re-connected using nearly 220 gigalitres of water held by the NSW Government and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.

This water has helped to improve breeding and foraging habitat for native fish and birds and to stimulate growth of wetland plants, which helps to improve water quality.

Water managers from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), along with WaterNSW will continue to monitor the flow as it reaches Balranald.

OEH ecologists have commenced monitoring the water delivery event and evaluating the responses of different animals and plants in the connected wetlands.

The delivery of this water has been a co-operative effort involving NSW OEH, WaterNSW, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited, Coleambally Irrigation, DPI Water and landholders along the Murrumbidgee River system. For additional information:

Contact: Sarah Scroope

Page last updated: 15 August 2017