The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) are seeing a marked improvement in the overall health of the Basin since the implementation of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan in 2012. The below list links to individual report cards on the MDBA website that detail the progress and outcomes of releasing water into the various sites. I worked with Icon Site managers to produce this wonderful video series that provides you with an insight into why environmental water managers do the work they do.

We encourage you to watch the videos below and click through to the Report Cards for the snapshots on special parts of the Murray-Darling Basin.


Lower Lakes, Coorong & Murray Mouth

The Lower Lakes, Coorong and Murray Mouth icon site consists of a diverse range of freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats in South Australia.

View the Lower Lakes, Coorong and Murray Mouth Report Card 2016-17.

Chowilla Floodplains

The Chowilla Floodplain is internationally significant. It consists of a range of fast flowing creeks, temporary wetlands, lakes and billabongs.

View the Chowilla Floodplain Report Card 2016–17.

Lindsay Mulcra & Wallpolla Islands

The Lindsay, Mulcra and Wallpolla Islands are nationally significant wetlands in north-west Victoria.

View the Lindsay Mulcra Wallpolla Islands Report Card 2017–18.

Hattah Lakes

Hattah Lakes is a large floodplain and wetlands system of international significance in the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Victoria.

View the Hattah Lakes Report Card 2016–17.

Gunbower Forest

The Gunbower Forest has a diverse range of habitats, including permanent and semi-permanent wetlands, creeks and open woodlands in Victoria. It is a wetland of international significance.

View the Gunbower Forest Report Card 2016–17.

Koondrook-Perricoota Forest

The Koondrook–Perricoota is a wetland of international significance, and consists of an extensive forest of river red gums and woodlands in New South Wales.

View the Koondrook-Perricoota Forest Report Card 2016–17.

Barmah-Millewa Forest

A wetland of international significance, consisting of the Barmah Forest in Victoria and the Millewa forest in New South Wales.

View the Barmah–Millewa Report Card 2016–17.

Why we need water for the environment?

The Murray–Darling Basin is home to more than 2 million people and more than 40 Aboriginal nations. It supports over 120 waterbird species and 46 native fish species. It contains internationally protected wetlands and trees that are hundreds of years old.

Environmental watering is used to improve the health of our rivers, wetlands and floodplains, in order to be able to support people, plants and animals. Water is typically allocated to federal and state environmental water holders across the Basin, who make decisions about when, where and how much water is released for the environment, and with measurable environmental outcomes in mind.