A report prepared by the South Australian Research and Development Institute, Aquatic Sciences, for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
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The Commonwealth Environmental Water Office commissioned the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Aquatic Sciences and partners to monitor the ecosystem response to environmental water delivered to the lower River Murray during the 2013-14 water year. The main findings were that Commonwealth environmental water contributed to a flow regime within the lower Murray channel that supported golden perch spawning and recruitment. Commonwealth water provided as barrage flow exported significant volumes of salt, nutrients and phytoplankton that supported ecosystem productivity in the Coorong and the export of salt at the Murray Mouth. Commonwealth environmental water was crucial for increasing estuarine habitat in the Coorong to support native fish and protect Ruppia tuberosa.