Commonwealth and NSW environmental water holders agreed to deliver water for the environment to the mid-Macquarie River and Marshes to support wetland systems, waterbird and native fish populations.
2021–22 Macquarie event updates
Macquarie River Valley Water Use 2021–22
Water for the environment supported inundation of the iconic Macquarie Marshes and successful colonial waterbird breeding, which occurred for the first time since 2016–17.
Macquarie River Valley – Update 2 – May 2022
Waterbird colonies in the Macquarie Marshes continued to expand over summer, and by April thousands of juvenile birds were at the flying stage. The Marshes continue to provide important foraging habitat for these young birds. Flows from Burrendong Dam, tributaries and rainfall maintained water levels in the Marshes, supporting the colonies to completion.
Macquarie River Valley – Update 1 – January 2022
Wet conditions across the Macquarie Valley have led to significant river flows and widespread inundation in the Macquarie Marshes. In response, thousands of egrets and ibis have set up nests in the Macquarie Marshes. Water for the environment may be used to help waterbird colonies complete breeding successfully when other flows recede.