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 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 next year'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!
Want to learn a bit more or are you ready for everything we've got?
Campaigns & Programs
Cut the crap!
It’s time to move cow out of our rivers. Sign our petition to Parliament asking them 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.
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A rolling report-card on the Baillieu Government’s environmental performance...
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25 June 2014: The Napthine Government has failed to spend a dedicated environmental levy on its proper purpose of river protection and restoration, says a report released today by Victoria’s Auditor–General.
19 Jun 2014: Victoria could create 225,000 new jobs and boost economic activity in key sectors by 22 per cent over the coming 15 years through protecting the state’s natural assets, a research report released today has found.
25 Feb 2014: Environment Victoria is today launching Our Rivers, Our Lifeblood, a new web-based atlas and campaign which summarises the issues facing Victoria’s rivers catchment by catchment.
29 Nov 2013: Environment Victoria has welcomed the Napthine Government’s decision to reduce water licence fees for farmers who fence off their land to prevent stock from damaging rivers.
30 Oct 2013: Environment Victoria has welcomed the Napthine Government’s decision to reduce water licence fees for farmers who fence off their land to prevent stock from damaging rivers.
2 October 2013: Environment Victoria has today criticised the Napthine Government’s Victorian Waterway Management Strategy as lacking in ambition to improve the health of the state’s rivers and wetlands.
The Napthine Government has broken a key election commitment to investigate the management of Victoria’s rivers, wetlands, estuaries and groundwater systems.
Environment Victoria has welcomed the forward-thinking approach to urban water management taken in the Melbourne’s Water Future plan released by the Victorian government.
After the many trials and tribulations that went into the plan’s creation, we are now in a different phase – implementation.
The Snowy River Scientific Committee is under threat. Read our submission to save the Snowy and make your own...
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In November 2012, the historic Murray-Darling Basin Plan was passed to restore Australia's greatest river system.