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The core business of the MDFRC is the generation of new scientific knowledge to support effective management of the Basin's ecology.  This knowledge is generated through long-term strategic research, short-term tactical research, synthesis of the best available science, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge exchange activities to promote adoption and active involvement in the management of the freshwater assets of the Basin.



Do consecutive watering events improve lignum condition and response to environmental water?

Tangled Lignum (Duma florulenta (Meisn.) T. M. Schust; formerly known as Muehlenbeckia florulenta Meisn.), hereafter referred to as Lignum, is a shrub that dominates large areas of arid floodplain in Australia and provides important structural habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife. Lignum condition is strongly affected by soil moisture and is highly dependent on flooding regimes. Therefore, changes in flooding regimes, particularly in the Murray–Darling Basin, threaten the survival of Lignum plants. The delivery of environmental water can assist in helping to restore the condition of these important floodplain plants and their associated communities. Understanding how and when to deliver environmental water to optimise Lignum condition is important for their ongoing survival.

2015/16 Understanding the functional role of habitat structure to predation on Southern Pygmy Perch

The Southern pygmy perch (Nannoperca australis) is a small-bodied fish species that historically was widely distributed throughout the Murray and lower Murrumbidgee systems. The species has experienced dramatic declines in range and abundance over the least twenty years and is now listed as endangered in NSW and South Australia.

Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research (MDB EWKR) Project

Research to support environmental watering: a collaborative approach in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Long Term Intervention Monitoring in the Murray-Darling Basin

Long Term Intervention Monitoring (LTIM) is a key element of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO) response to the requirements of the Water Act 2007 and the MDBA’s Basin Plan. The LTIM aims to support improved decision making around the use of environmental water through the application of the principles of adaptive management, good governance and reporting.

Murray hardyhead conservation case study: successful collaboration enables interstate translocation

Murray Hardyhead translocation from the South Australian Riverland to Brickworks Billabong in the Victorian Mallee.

Integrated Ecosystems Condition Assessment (IECA) Framework for Aquatic Ecosystems

IECA: an aquatic asset-based condition assessment methodology that incorporates different connected aquatic ecosystem types (e.g. rivers, floodplains, lakes, marshes and estuaries), and the key ecosystem functions that support them.

Etiwanda Wetland vegetation surveys: spring 2014

Vegetation surveys to locate and identify rare/threatened plants and pest plants at Etiwanda Wetlands.

Improving the capacity to manage blackwater in the southern Murray-Darling Basin

Advancing an approach for improving monitoring and management of blackwater risk associated with environmental watering events or flood events throughout the southern Murray-Darling Basin.

Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program 2014–2017

This project is a continuation of the first phase of the Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program (DAAMMP), which was established as a ten year monitoring program to provide information to help guide decisions on the management of environmental flows and as part of the conditions of consent for the construction of the anabranch pipeline.

Movement of large bodied fish in response to water management at the Hattah Lakes

Movement of large bodied fish in response to water management at the Hattah Lakes

Fletchers Lake Reserve Management Plan

BMEET have been developing a management plan for Fletchers Lake Reserve. MDFRC Cultural Science Facilitator, Deborah Bogenhuber, has been working with BMEET to finalise the management plan, in particular the integration of science with existing cultural objectives and management actions for Fletchers Lake Reserve.

Monitoring environmental watering at Hattah Lakes

Environmental watering, fish and vegetation: Response of fish and vegetation communities to the operation of TLM environmental regulators at Hattah Lakes.

River Murray biological monitoring program

A macroinvertebrate monitoring program spanning over 30 years; a rare example of a long term ecological data set.

Great Darling Anabranch - return of an ephemeral system

The DAAMMP includes annual ‘condition monitoring' of understorey vegetation communities and riparian tree health, and ‘intervention monitoring' of fish, frog and waterbird communities during managed and natural flows. In September 2010 an environmental flow was released down the Anabranch, which was superseded by an overbank flood by mid-October. The Anabranch flowed its full length for the first time in over 10 years.

Lindsay, Mulcra and Wallpolla Islands: The Living Murray Condition Monitoring

A long-term environmental study improving our understanding of how hydrology affects the maintenance of aquatic, riparian and floodplain biota at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Hattah Lakes icon site: The Living Murray Condition Monitoring

The Living Murray Condition Monitoring Program reports on the influence of hydrology, both natural and managed, on river red gum and black box communities, wetland and floodplain vegetation communities, waterbirds and fish.

Investigating Moira Grass at the Ramsar listed Barmah Forest in Victoria

A project to assess if environmental watering of Barmah Forest has resulted in Moira Grass replenishing a viable seed bank.

State of the Wetlands surveys

Regular surveys of urban wetlands in Mildura reveal a wealth of rare and interesting plants, a haven for fish and in some instances some pests of concern.

Southern pygmy perch watering requirements study

A monitoring program to determine the watering requirements of floodplain populations of the southern pygmy perch, Nannoperca australis, in Barmah-Millewa Forest

Conservation of the threatened Murray hardyhead: a review and next steps

A review of the biology and status of the endangered Murray hardyhead: streamlining recovery processes

River corridors

The role of rivers, floodplains and associated wetlands in a broader landscape scale approach to wildlife corridors.

Butlers Creek fish movement studies

Fish movement in response to hydrological management of Butlers Creek at Kings Billabong Nature Reserve, NW Victoria.

Improving The Efficient Use of Environmental Flows

This project was designed to examine the benefits and disbenefits of environmental watering.