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Environmental water for Lakes Powell and Carpul

Environmental water is being delivered to Lake Powell and Carpul to provide habitat and drought refuge for hundreds of waterbirds. This water will also support healthy floodplain vegetation, which is home to important species such as carpet python and bats.

Environmental water for Lakes Powell and Carpul

Lake Carpul currently dry

Locals and visitors are encouraged to visit the lakes while the full benefits of the environmental watering can be enjoyed.  The site will be fully accessible for camping, canoeing, fishing and bird-watching.  

“The environmental water will provide valuable habitat for hundreds of waterbirds and support breeding by birds of conservation significance such as blue-billed duck and freckled duck”, Mallee Catchment Authority (CMA) Chair Sharyon Peart said.

“The delivery of water will help support the vegetation of the lakes and surrounding woodland, including river red gums and black box.”

I encourage anyone who has not visited the area to do so while it is at its most beautiful and to explore, via a bushwalk or camping trip, the extraordinary environment within Robinvale’s backyard.”  

Delivery of environmental water commenced in September this year and is expected to finish in March 2016.

Water will be pumped from Bonyarical Creek and delivered to Lake Powell through approximately 1.2km of temporary delivery pipe. Water will flow through Murray Valley Highway culverts into Lake Powell. Water will then be pumped from Lake Powell to Lake Carpul.

The Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is coordinating the environmental watering of Lakes Powell and Carpul, in partnership with key stakeholders such as the neighbouring community, the Victorian Environmental Water Holder Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

 
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