Find out the latest on improving flows to River Murray wetlands

The two-year Constraints Measures Program has reached its second milestone, with staff invited to hear the latest developments on 19 March, from 3-4pm, at the Level Five break out area at the Waymouth Street office.

The project is focused on improving the health of the River Murray by removing barriers that prevent high flows from reaching floodplains and wetlands. As part of the second milestone updated mapping and community engagement is underway.

Project team members Senior Policy Officer Bethany Loates and Senior Project Officer Ben Shepherd will discuss how the project is seeking to relax or remove constraints and increase flow rates so that environmental water can be used to ‘top up’ natural high flows and allow more wetlands and vegetation to be watered. Constraints are rules and structures, such as bridges, that reduce the ability for high flows to be delivered to the environment.

These higher flows may impact on landholders so the project also focuses on co-designing practical, on-ground solutions with communities through a mix of regulatory changes and infrastructure upgrades.

The project is funded by the Australian Government and is part of implementing the Basin Plan, helping to improve river management and efficiently deliver water for the environment.

To find out more contact Constraints Measures Program Leader Michael Colagrossi on 0412 092 236.

 

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A levee and pipe culvert blocking flow from the main river channel to the floodplain in the Riverland