Victorian Environmental Water Holder
About the Victorian Environmental Water Holder
The Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) was established in July 2011 as a new independent statutory body deciding on the best use of Victoria’s environmental water entitlements.
In doing so, the VEWH helps to protect the environmental values of Victoria’s river systems and wetlands.
The VEWH works with catchment management authorities and Melbourne Water to ensure environmental water entitlements are used to achieve the best environmental outcome with the water that is available.
The main responsibilities of the VEWH are to:
- hold and manage environmental water entitlements and allocations
- coordinate the delivery of Victorian environmental water allocations with those of other environmental entitlement holders to maximise benefits to the environment
- ensure that environmental water management continues to become more efficient; while optimising benefits to the environment
- make adaptive, responsive and timely decisions about where and when environmental water is delivered
- examine opportunities to trade water allocations and entitlements, where this optimises environmental benefits
- draw on the environmental watering priorities identified by catchment management authorities in consultation with their local communities, to identify the highest Statewide priorities
- report on when, where, how and why environmental entitlements have been used.
For more information please visit the Victorian Environmental Water Holder website.