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The importance of large wood and native vegetation for waterway health

Large wood (snags) and native vegetation (instream, bank and riparian) play an important role in the health of:

  • rivers
  • estuaries
  • wetlands.

Taking wood, removing trees, shrubs and reeds from the bed and banks of waterways and riparian land usually leads to:

  • poorer water quality
  • eroded river banks
  • reduction in habitat for native species, including fish
  • degraded environments.

Throughout Victoria, catchment management authorities (CMAs) and Melbourne Water are partnering with local communities and landholders to put wood and vegetation back into the waterways and riparian areas.

Getting help to manage vegetation and large wood around waterways

The potential for flooding due to instream wood and vegetation in and around waterways is a concern for landowners. In response, we have developed factsheets for the community covering:

  • vegetation management
  • approvals you may need in managing vegetation.

Page last updated: 26/10/23