Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth

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This Ramsar Wetland of International Importance is the final leg of Australia’s iconic River Murray.

The impacts of prolonged drought and water over-allocation across the Murray-Darling Basin left the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) region on the brink of environmental collapse. Since late 2010, high flows of freshwater have returned and the region is showing signs of recovery.

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Why we’re taking action

There have been record low river flows to the CLLMM region due to drought and over-allocation across the Murray-Darling Basin. A range of environmental and community issues – such as acid sulfate soilssalinity and the invasion of pest plants and animals – now affect the region.

Flows have recently increased, resulting in higher water levels and flow reaching the Coorong. However many issues affecting the region remain. If they are not remedied or managed properly there could be serious and irreversible environmental impacts on the wetlands.

The work being carried out to protect the region now will allow us to manage and monitor the refreshed wetland environment under changed conditions in the future. Further investment is taking place by the Australian and South Australian Governments through the Murray Futures and The Living Murray programs.

Download maps of the CLLMM region.

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