Water flows for the Campaspe

Boost: North Central Catchment Management Authority will release an environmental water flow down the Campaspe River over the autumn. Photo by Contributed

The Campaspe River is getting some much-needed respite after summer storms, flash flooding, high irrigation demand, and a spilling Lake Eppalock.

The North Central Catchment Management Authority has acknowledged it has been a challenging couple of months for the lake system’s vegetation, fish and platypus.

“Climate change means our creeks and rivers are getting less water overall, but when it comes, it can be more intense and unseasonal,” North Central Catchment Management Authority environmental flows project manager Darren White said.

“The changing conditions have significantly impacted the Campaspe, so we need to ensure it gets the right amount of water at the right time.

“We plan to deliver water for the environment over the next few months to help the river recover.”

The first of up to three autumn freshes will begin in early March, targeting the stretch of the river from Rochester to Echuca.

“That section in particular has had a lot of disturbance, so we’ll aim to improve water quality and create the right conditions for fish and platypus movement,” Mr White said.

“Plants on the banks that were established after the floods will also need a drink, and in-stream vegetation will benefit from these flows.”

The early March flow will be about 700 megalitres over three days, with other similar-sized flows planned for late March and April.

“We’ll monitor water quality over the next few months, as we do all the time, and work around irrigation delivery if we can,” Mr White said.

“We are engaging with flood-affected communities about our management of water for the environment and will continue to do so.”

The Victorian Environmental Water Holder authorises the flows in line with its Seasonal Watering Plan 2023-24.

The plan is available for download from with regular water updates posted on the North Central CMA website at