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Watering begins at Nyah State Forest

Environmental water is being pumped into Nyah State Forest for the first time in four years.

Watering begins at Nyah State Forest

Environmental watering at Nyah State Forest.

Pumping began this week to deliver 1.5GL of Victorian environmental water to Parneemalloo Creek and the adjacent floodplain. It’s expected to take about six weeks to deliver the water and some access tracks will be restricted during this time.

The water being used is from an environmental entitlement, legally set aside to protect rivers and wetlands. It is subject to the same allocations as irrigators and using it does not affect anybody else’s water allocations.

This is the first time since 2006 that environmental water has been delivered to the area and it has been welcomed by Mid-Murray Field Naturalists secretary Neil MacFarlane.

“This watering will build on the recent rainfall we’ve had to help take a range of native plants through to fruiting and seeding, and it will also benefit the red gums,” he said.

“This delivery of environmental water provides a welcome and much needed benefit for this area.”

The water being delivered to the Nyah State Forest is part of the wider Victorian environmental watering program.  Watering in the Mallee is being undertaken the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA), in partnership with Department of Sustainability and Environment and Parks Victoria.

Other sites that will also receive water under the program include Liparoo (near Hattah) and Carina Bend (near Robinvale), which will both receive 1GL each; Merbein Common (near Mildura) will receive 450 megalitres (ML), and 300 ML will be delivered to Margooya Lagoon (also near Robinvale). Important wetlands at Lindsay Island, Wallpolla Island and Hattah Lakes will also receive environmental water.

The environmental water being delivered to these sites comes from various sources, including the Commonwealth environmental water holdings; the Victorian Government; and The Living Murray program.

“As it’s been four years since Nyah State Forest received environmental water, the red gum trees and other important plants along this area will benefit significantly from this water,” Mallee CMA chief executive officer Jenny Collins said.

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