Water for the environment education resources

Explore our education resources, fact sheets and videos and learn about water for the environment and how this water is managed and used.

We recognise how important it is to educate and engage people about water for the environment and the vital role it plays in maintaining and improving the health of our rivers, wetlands and floodplains. This includes the plants and animals that depend on these waterways.

We have developed these education resources, some in partnership with other organisations, to support students, teachers and parents in their learning and teaching.

Mid Murray River wetlands at sunrise

These resources have been created to support teachers and senior students learn about aquatic ecosystems, water for the environment and how it is used and managed:

- Rivers: Sharing our water Teacher resource – teacher resource for Stages 4 and 5 (Years 7, 8, 9 and 10) geography and science

- Rivers: Sharing our water Student workbook – student workbook to accompany teacher resource.

Pink eared duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)


These resources have been developed to help primary school students (Stages 1–3 or kindergarten to Years 5–6) and teachers learn about plants and animals that live in our waterways and how important water is to their survival:

- Wild wetlands colouring sheet (PDF 210KB) – a colouring sheet for Stage 1 to any age

- The Southern Bell Frog Story – a colouring book for Stage 1 to any age

- Bittern or Bust – an interactive game about the endangered Australasian bittern.

Select a fact sheet to learn more about how water for the environment is used and managed.

About blackwater: Water oxygen levels and native fish populations

Blackwater occurs naturally in rivers and wetlands, especially after flooding when decaying organic matter increases the amount of dissolved tannin in the water and causes it to change colour.

  • 30 Jun 2020

Water for the environment: Why do we need it?

Water for the environment is vital to help maintain healthy, productive and resilient river systems for the benefit of plants, animals and people.

  • 30 Jun 2020

Water for the environment: Who decides where water for the environment is used?

Communities, government and industry groups work together to manage river health and achieve the best possible outcomes for native plants, fish, birds, animals and people.

  • 30 Jun 2020

Building a wetland foodweb

Rivers and wetlands support a vast array of native plants and animals. These waterways rely on the movement of water to transfer carbon throughout the system and sustain the wetland food web.

  • 30 May 2020

Watch videos of environmental water in action