Our vision for Water For Nature is to be an effective contributor of environmental water to community driven projects on privately owned or community managed wetland and floodplain sites.
Value of Environmental Watering/Irrigation
In a natural river system, wetlands and floodplains would be inundated every two to three years, supporting growth of young trees and triggering significant ecological events such as bird breeding.
As the river system has become more regulated, these medium level flows have stopped reaching many wetlands and floodplains. Alteration to the natural wetting and drying regime has had a significant effect on vegetation health, breeding events, and diversity of flora and fauna.
Environmental watering/irrigation aims to fill this gap by delivering water that recharges these environments and helps to restore ecosystem functions by maintaining natural cycles of breeding and germination.
Water For Nature focuses on supporting community driven watering/irrigation projects at wetland and floodplain sites along the South Australian River Murray that are not receiving water from other sources.
Wetlands and floodplains that fall outside the management of the government agencies are a focus for Water For Nature as it is recognised that these are crucial for the overall connectivity of the River Murray, facilitating dispersal and migration of flora and fauna. Water For Nature aims to contribute to and compliment the many projects that share the same values aspiring to achieve environmental improvement in South Australia.
We scope potential projects in consultation with Local Action Planning Groups and other community groups, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, then assess them against our framework for project selection in order to maximise environmental and community outcomes.
Over the last three years, Water For Nature has delivered 4.56 gigalitres of environmental water to more than 35 wetland and floodplain sites.
- At 18 sites we have watered, the health of mature native red gum and black box has improved.
- At 24 sites, watering supported and maintained regeneration of juvenile red gum and black box from the 2010-12 floods.
- At 5 sites, flood watering filled temporary wetlands to provide habitat for water birds.
Find out more about our current projects on our Fact Sheets page