Water bugs and plants that provide food and shelter for native fish and other aquatic animals will benefit from an environmental flow being delivered along the Goulburn River.
The increased flows released from Lake Eildon this week were planned to reach a maximum of 9500Ml/day, significantly increasing the water level of the Goulburn River.
‘‘As much of the rain and run-off into the Goulburn River is now captured in the dams and used to supply towns, industry and farms, the amount of water flowing down the river in winter and spring has reduced,’’ Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority environmental water project co-ordinator Daniel Lovell said. ‘‘It also means the river flows higher and faster in the hotter months of the year when communities require more water, which is the opposite of what would happen if there were no dams and weirs. These changes have affected the health and survival of native plants and animals, so we’re giving nature a helping hand and delivering environmental water at this time of the year to mimic more natural flow conditions.’’