Waterway Health Information

Waterway Health Information

Healthy waterways and their catchments support a diverse range of native plants and animals, including native fish. The health of waterways across Victoria has been affected by inappropriate, historical land use. Climate change and drought, along with extreme events, such as floods, bush fires and heatwaves, are also likely to impact waterway health. Protecting and improving the health of waterways and their catchments is a critical task for the decades to come.

The Victorian Government is investing a record $222 million to improve the health of waterways and catchments (announced in the Water Plan, Water for Victoria). Through this investment, The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), catchment management authorities (CMAs), Melbourne Water and the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) will carry out extensive waterway health management activities which benefit native fish. These activities include:

  • revegetating streamside (riparian) zones 
  • minimising stock damage to waterways
  • restoring fish passage up and down rivers
  • improving habitat for fish (e.g. large wood)
  • delivering water for the environment

Native Fish Report Cards will support the Victorian Government’s commitment to better report back to communities.


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