Victoria is on track to deliver our share of water for the environment: 1,075 gigalitres (GL) of water to improve the health of our rivers and land in the Basin. We’ve already recovered or contracted to recover over 800 GL which is three-quarters of the way to Victoria’s water recovery target.
The water recovered to improve the health of our rivers and land includes water saved by upgrading and modernising irrigation systems, as well as water purchased from farmers by the Federal Government in return for modernising and upgrading irrigation systems on their farms.
Improvements to habitat
We’re already seeing an improvement in the health of our rivers and land through our four major projects in the Gunbower Forest, Hattah Lakes, and Lindsay and Mulcra Islands. These projects are making a real difference to the local environment by creating healthier native vegetation, providing better homes for birdlife and by improving the health of the river. We are closely monitoring more than 30 locations to track how the water we have set aside for the environment is helping produce healthier fish, bird and plant life.
Victoria is carefully managing salinity in our waterways to protect water quality in the Murray for the environment and community. Monitoring at sites such as Lock 6 and Morgan shows that salinity levels in the Murray continue to meet Basin Plan targets.
Our long-term efforts to manage salinity through improved farming practices and water management and operation of salt interception schemes have led to a 30-year trend of decreasing salinity levels in the Murray River.
Trading and compliance
We have refreshed our water trading rules to make trading easier and help farmers manage their water better while staying informed.
Victoria also has a robust water law compliance system. Water use is metered and independently read. An independent expert is looking at ways to improve compliance with water laws across the entire Murray-Darling. Our commitment to providing access to metered water supplies allows Victorian farmers in the Murray-Darling to have the information they need to help them manage their water supply wisely.
Our projects will deliver great outcomes for regional communities with real benefits for local waterways and wetlands along the Murray and its tributaries. These projects will significantly contribute to meeting the requirements of the Basin Plan.