Marking World Water Day
We are proud to make our mark on World Water Day, on Tuesday 22 March. In Victoria, we have some of the greatest mineral and geothermal waters used in the spa industry.
Groundwater plays a vital role in our state as it supplies about 15% of Victoria’s water needs, which is used for agriculture and supplies water to 70 towns.
At the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, we partner with water corporations to track and protect this precious resource.
Our network of bores allows us to collect data as we manage groundwater to ensure water resources are managed sustainably, particularly as climate change continues to put pressure on water availability.
“There's a whole fascinating world that exists underneath our feet that we don't see, therefore we don't relate.” Erin Brockovich, environmental activist
Accounting for approximately 99% of all liquid freshwater on Earth, groundwater has the potential to provide societies with tremendous social, economic and environmental benefits and opportunities.
Groundwater already provides half of the volume of water withdrawn for domestic use by the global population, including the drinking water for the vast majority of the rural population who do not get their water delivered to them via public or private supply systems, and around 25% of all water withdrawn for irrigation.
March 22 is World Water Day. This year’s theme is Groundwater: Making the invisible visible. Learn more at UN Water.
Tackling weeds together at Christmas Hills
Important weed control works have been conducted in Christmas Hills, located on the outskirts of Melbourne, to prevent the spread of invasive plants which can impact native vegetation as part of a joint program.
Storm recovery works continue in Yarra Ranges
Forest Fire Management Victoria is continuing works to remove storm debris from within the Dandenong Ranges National Park and Silvan Reservoir catchment.
Technology trials supports planned burning in the Wimmera
An ecological planned burn has been ignited in the Grampians National Park with a drone saving time and reducing the risk to firefighters, as part of a trial carried out by Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) crews in the Wimmera.
Endangered bandicoot numbers on the increase at Hamilton
Wildlife experts have been monitoring Eastern Barred Bandicoots at Hamilton this week to estimate the population of the endangered species, which is extinct in the wild in Victoria. An Eastern Barred Bandicoot recovery team has undertaken trap and