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Water and Healthy Rivers

Imagine a Victoria where we talk about our rivers with pride. Where clean water flows freely. Diverse ecosystems thrive. Nutrient-rich flora and fauna grow in abundance. And your favorite spot beside that babbling brook is still around when your children's children are grown-up.

Now imagine yourself getting involved in one of the many ongoing campaigns and programs designed to restore and protect Victoria's precious waterways.

The Basics

The water out of your tap comes from a river.

Each year, Victorians draw 5 trillion litres of water out of our rivers for irrigation and use by towns. This leaves many of our river eco-systems trying to get by on half the water which would naturally be there.

Environment Victoria's Healthy Rivers Campaign has a long and proud history of working to get some of that water back into our rivers, with plenty of successes.

Over the last few years we have worked hard on the national Murray-Darling Basin Plan to make sure it delivers for northern Victoria's rivers and wetlands. While the final plan is deeply flawed, it is at least a step in the right direction, and we'll be keeping the pressure on to make sure it is properly implemented to benefit our rivers.

This year we’ll be taking a look at the condition of rivers around Victoria and assessing the major threats and opportunities for action. We’ll be looking for interesting and innovative ways of presenting the information to inform and inspire, and developing an action plan in the lead-up to November's state election. We aim to have the state of our rivers firmly on the agenda. And to do that we will need your help, so stay tuned!

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  • Campaigns & Programs

  • Spend the cash to cut the crap
    It’s time to move cow out of our rivers. Sign our petition to Parliament asking them to spend the money to get livestock out of our rivers

    Our Rivers, Our Lifeblood
    In this Atlas we take a tour around Victoria, from the Snowy in the east to the Glenelg in the west, from the Murray in the north to the Bunyip in the south.

    Save the Murray

    The mighty Murray - and the rivers that flow into it - are on the brink of collapse. But you can change that...

    River Stories

    Every river tells a story. And we're capturing them...

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