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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 environmental water. It will also deliver up to 15 gigalitres of environmental water savings to the Australian Government to be used for environmental purposes within the southern-connected basin. The Living Murray Chowilla Floodplain project is also taking place in the inland River Murray area.

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(Originally posted on Department Environment, Water & Natural Resources website)

Early on-ground works

In the first round of works, new infrastructure is being installed – and existing infrastructure upgraded – at key inland locations. This will allow us to better manage environmental flows to make these areas more resilient to future periods of drought and low water availability. The works will considerably improve the health of wetlands and floodplains, and at just one site (Yatco Lagoon) environmental water savings of around 610 megalitres a year will be made. Local communities, including landowners, irrigators and Aboriginal Nations, worked with government to create a vision for their environment and played a significant role in developing the scope of these projects.

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(Originally posted on Department Environment, Water & Natural Resources website)

Pike Floodplain

The Pike Floodplain covers 6700 hectares between Paringa and Lyrup near Renmark and is a high priority ecological and cultural area of the River Murray. Aquatic habitats at the floodplain comprise permanent fast and slow flowing anabranches, and permanent and temporary wetlands. Currently, the floodplain suffers from declining ecological health. Key threats include altered flow regimes, elevated highly saline groundwater, obstructions to fish passage, and pest plants and animals. Three of the six major weirs in the Lower Murray provide a unique opportunity for large floodplain inundation. The Pike system, which straddles Lock 5, provides one such opportunity. The works being undertaken as part of the Riverine Recovery Project are enhancing infrastructure to manage natural high flow events and provide improved hydrological connectivity and fish passage.

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(Originally posted on Department Environment, Water & Natural Resources website)

A Renewed Commitment to Picturesque Pike Floodplain

The State Government has renewed its commitment to work with the local community on the on-going rehabilitation of the important 6700 hectare Pike Floodplain in the Riverland.

Minister for Water and the River Murray Paul Caica today signed an MOU with the Pike River Land Management Group, the Renmark to the Border Local Action Planning Association and the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Board.

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Reduced flows leads to frenzy of activity on the Pike Floodplain

A major project aimed at improving water management across the Pike Floodplain in South Australia’s Riverland has reached a significant milestone. A reduction in Murray River flows has allowed vital vegetation, cultural heritage, and land surveying to be undertaken, along with deep drilling tests and remediation trials on salt-affected soil. The results of this work will help progress the Pike Floodplain upgrade project, part of the Riverine Recovery Project which is funded by both the South Australian and Australian Governments.

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(Originally posted on Department Environment, Water & Natural Resources website)

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