Lower Balonne Flow Update – April 2023

The northern Basin has been rapidly drying. The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) arranged for large volumes of water to be released during February, this water has provided refreshing flows in the lower Balonne. One benefit of this flow has been successfully ensuring that the wetlands areas have remained wet for waterbird breeding. Among the waterbirds breeding, has been large colonies of pelicans. 
Photo: Pelican colony at Narran Lake. Shot by Harro on behalf of CES, UNSW.

Lower Balonne Flow Event Update: March 2023

The environmental release from Eastern Australia Agriculture’s on-farm storages has reached Narran Lakes and is maintaining important foraging habitat for waterbirds. Inflows to the lakes will cease later this week. You can read more about the environmental release in the attached update.

2021-22 Lower Balonne updates

The objectives of flows in the Lower Balonne are to reconnect rivers in the Lower Balonne and further downstream, inundate Narran Lakes (Dharriwaa) Ramsar site to support water bird breeding, and to help native fish to move, breed and disperse.

Lower Balonne Flow Updates

  The Condamine catchment recieved good rainfall in early 2021 with some areas recieving up to 200 mm between January and March. Runoff from these rains contributed to natural inflows that complimented Commonwealth water for the environment. Stay current with these events and their outcomes via the CEWO Event updates below. Event update #1 –…