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High river flows benefit Nyah-Vinifera Park

Drought-stressed areas of Nyah-Vinifera Park are getting a much-needed drink thanks to the higher flows currently available in the Murray River.

High river flows benefit Nyah-Vinifera Park

High flows entering the Nyah-Vinifera Park.

With increased inflows from tributaries delivering a significant boost to levels in the Murray River, the river has risen as much as 3.4 metres in the Swan Hill and Nyah area, as well as other areas further downstream.

This increase has meant water has spilled into parts of the Nyah-Vinifera Park to water river red gums and connect the river to wetlands and creeks.

Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) chief executive officer Jenny Collins said the high river flows provided an important connection between the Murray River and wetlands, which hasn’t been seen since the high river flows of 2003.

“Native fish are spawning in the higher river flows and, with the water flowing into the wetlands, these wetlands will become important nurseries for these species,” she said.

“The current increase in river flows complements the 2.1 gigalitres (GL) of environmental water delivered to Parnee Malloo Creek north of Nyah since April this year, which was provided through the Victorian environmental watering program.

“The combination of the environmental water delivery and the current higher river flows means the community can expect to see some significant improvements to the health of the park in coming months, as well as a return of waterbirds and frogs.”

The higher river flows come as the Mallee CMA continues to work with Parks Victoria and the Wadi Wadi community to develop an environmental watering plan for the Nyah-Vinifera Park.

This plan will guide the delivery of environmental water to the park into the future. Parks Victoria and Wadi Wadi Indigenous stakeholders have been consulted on the development of this plan as both parties are developing a co-management arrangement of the Nyah-Vinifera Park.

A number of meetings have been held with the Mallee CMA, Parks Victoria and Wadi Wadi Indigenous stakeholders to develop the plan, with the final plan expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

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