Two reports have been released detailing actions to restore the ecological health of the Coorong.
The Coorong is one of Australia’s most important wetland areas, a special place for South Australians and a wetland of international significance, with a high number of migratory birds and home to many species of frog, fish and other wildlife.
The health of the Coorong’s South Lagoon has remained in a degraded state, despite the delivery of water for the environment in recent years under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
The newly published Coorong Summit Summary Report and Goyder Expert Panel Report summarise recommendations and a vision for the Coorong’s future.
The reports recommend a series of short, medium and long-term remediation actions to restore the Coorong. This includes:
- Establishing a series of refuge wetlands while the south lagoon is recovering;
- ·optimising the benefits of water from the River Murray, Southern Ocean and the Upper South East; and
- managing nutrients to control algae growth.
The two reports provide the South Australian Government with a strong basis to work with the Australian Government to secure funding to protect and rehabilitate the iconic wetland.
For a copy of the reports visit: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/river-murray/about-the-river/coorong-lower-lakes-murray-mouth