Supply measure projects include environmental works, such as building or improving river or water management structures, and changes to river operating rules to achieve environmental outcomes with less water.

The South Australian Government is responsible for implementing the following supply measure projects:

Together with New South Wales and Victoria, South Australia is also jointly responsible for implementing the Enhanced Environmental Water Delivery Project and The Living Murray environmental works and measures program.

South Australia’s progress

Chowilla Floodplain Project

The Chowilla Floodplain works are part of The Living Murray environmental works and measures program at icon sites along the River Murray. The environmental regulator allows water levels in the anabranch creeks to be raised so that large areas of the Chowilla Floodplain can be inundated under relatively low river flow conditions.

Construction of the regulator and associated works was completed in 2014 and have been used in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 to deliver water onto the Chowilla floodplain. This supply measure project has been completed.

Flows for the Future

The Flows for the Future project undertakes activities that reduce the interception of low flows to re-establish more natural water flow patterns in streams in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges. It will result in additional flows to the River Murray including the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth.

Phase 1 of this project is expected to be complete on 30 June 2019. South Australia is currently finalising documentation to be assessed for Phase 2 (implementation) SDLAM funding. If successful Phase 2 of the Flows for the Future Project is planned to commence on 1 July 2019 and to be completed in 2022.

River Murray in South Australia Constraints Measure

The River Murray in South Australia constraints measures project will investigate opportunities to address physical and policy constraints to the delivery of higher regulated flows (up to 80,000 megalitres per day) at the South Australian border. Higher flows are important for maintaining connectivity from the border to the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth and connecting the wetlands, floodplains, creeks and anabranches to the main channel.

The Australian Government is currently undertaking due diligence on the initial funding proposal for this project.

Riverine Recovery Project

The Riverine Recovery Project aimed to return a number of wetlands to a more natural wetting and drying regime resulting in evaporative savings.

The Riverine Recovery Project used adaptive management and engineering solutions to restore more natural water flows to critical ecosystems along the River Murray between Wellington and the South Australian border.

Read more about the Riverine Recover Project here.

South Australian Riverland Floodplain Integrated Infrastructure Program

The South Australian Riverland Floodplains Integrated Infrastructure Program (SARFIIP), delivered major, tangible improvements to the local river ecosystem.

SARFIIP funded the construction of infrastructure including regulators, fishways and blocking banks at iconic floodplain sites at Pike and Katarapko, delivering significant results for the river ecosystem.

The project aimed to restore the floodplains to a healthy condition, improve connectivity between riverine and floodplain habitats, freshen groundwater systems, and improve soil condition and enhanced biodiversity.

The SARFIIP end of project video can be viewed here.

South East Flows Restoration Project

The South East Flows Restoration Project uses a combination of newly constructed drains and widened existing drains within the Upper South East drainage system to divert additional water that currently flows to the sea from the Blackford Drain in the Upper South East into the Coorong South Lagoon.

The construction phase of this project was expected for completion during April 2019.

Read more details about the South East Drainage Network here.

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