Environmental Watering at Yanga National Park


Yanga National Park is in the southern Murray-Darling
Basin. It is an important site for plants and animals to live and breed, but after years
of having low water flow and little rain, the rivers, wetlands and floodplains became
unhealthy. Two sites in the park, Mercedes Swamp and the Two Bridges Wetland complex
received environmental water in late 2009 to provide drought refuges, sustain waterbird
breeding, support the great egret rookery and flood river red gum forests. The Australian
Government and the New South Wales Government sent enough water to fill over 4000 swimming
pools to help make the sites healthy again. By January, some four hundred waterbirds were
breeding, including great egrets, cormorants, spoonbills, ibis and herons. Tadpoles of the
nationally threatened southern bell frogs were also seen. Healthy rivers are vital to
the health and survival of many plant and animal species as well as to farming communities,
towns and major cities. Environmental watering helps maintain the health of our rivers and
wetlands. The Australian Government works with state
governments to return water to rivers and wetlands to protect or restore the health
of the Murray-Darling Basin.

1 thought on “Environmental Watering at Yanga National Park

  1. Sadly this lead to the blackwater problem in the Murrumbidgee because the was so much debris around after no flooding for so long. All the native fish died and now the place is riddled with massive carp.

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