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Why are our rivers in trouble?

Despite their incredible value and importance, Victoria’s rivers have not been well looked after.

During the twentieth century, thousands of dams and weirs were constructed. The combined impact of dam construction, taking out more water extraction and land clearing for farming has devastated freshwater ecosystems.

In fact only 23 percent of river reaches are in good or excellent condition while 32 percent are in poor or very poor condition , according to Index of Stream Condition.

The only rivers in Victoria in good condition are in the east where demand for water is low and landscapes are mostly intact.

Our rivers are facing an almighty squeeze.

We know climate change will continue to have an impact by reducing rainfall, while at the same time population growth and agricultural expansion are pushing up demand for this increasingly scarce water.

More about rivers and climate change

More about rivers and population growth

What happens when our rivers get sick?

More threats to river health

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