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.
2022–23 Macquarie event updates
Macquarie River Valley Water Use – Update 2 – April 2023
Commonwealth and NSW water for the environment was delivered in late summer to support the successful completion of waterbird breeding. As conditions have begun to dry back over autumn, additional water for the environment is being delivered to give native fish an opportunity to move to more secure habitat in permanent waterholes.
Macquarie River Valley Water Use – Update 1 – March 2023
The Macquarie Valley experienced wet conditions for a second year in a row providing ideal conditions for waterbird breeding. Large colonies of ibis, egrets, herons, spoonbills and other waterbirds have been breeding in the Macquarie Marshes over spring and summer. To ensure the successful completion of these colonies, flows are needed to keep water under nests to protect birds from predators and maintain food sources for growing chicks.