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Investing in better wetland and floodplain management

This project focuses on using adaptive management and engineering solutions to restore more natural water flows to critical ecosystems along the River Murray between Wellington and the border of South Australia and Victoria.

It will deliver benefits to wetlands and floodplains through the efficient use of water for the environment. It will also deliver up to 15 gigalitres of water savings to the Australian Government to be used for environmental purposes within the southern-connected basin.

Check out our Riverine Recovery Project fact sheet for more detailed information.

The Living Murray Chowilla Floodplain project is also taking place in the inland River Murray area.

What we’re doing

Riverine Recovery takes an integrated and complementary approach to restoration works. 

  1. Early on-ground works are taking place with the construction of infrastructure at the Pike and Katfish floodplains, as well as Yatco Lagoon to improve management of water flows. Check out our early on-ground works fact sheet.
  2. To provide environmental benefit to the region, we're investing in wetland management at sites of high ecological value, including reinstating more natural drying and wetting cycles. See our wetland management fact sheet.
  3. Restoration of the Pike Floodplain to enhance management of natural high flow events through improved infrastructure and better connecting the floodplain with the river to facilitate fish passage and improve environmental health. Check out our Pike Floodplain fact sheet.
  4. Improving floodplain resilience through restoration works at the Katfish Reach Floodplain (also known as Katarapko Floodplain) to better connect it with the river and facilitate fish passage by removing barriers. Find out more in our Katfish Reach Floodplain fact sheet.
  5. Investigating weir pool manipulation options to identify opportunities to use weirs to mimic the natural fluctuations in water level that occurred prior to river regulation. See our weir pool manipulation fact sheet.

Underpinning the project is engagement with local stakeholders, including landholders and Aboriginal Nations and a recognition that information must support decision-making. Monitoring wetland flora, fauna and water quality will contribute to achieving the best possible environmental scientifically based solutions. Using this information, we will improve management of these environments as needed.

Why is recovery needed?

Our page on the River Murray's inland wetlands and floodplains explains why we're taking action.

The $100 million Riverine Recovery Project is funded by the Australian Government ($89 million) and the Government of South Australia.

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