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One of the most significant floodplain ecosystems in semi-arid Australia
The Chowilla Floodplain is one of the only parts of the lower Murray floodplain not used for irrigation, so preserving much of its natural character. Covering 17,700 hectares and three states, it is immediately downstream of the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers. It is an area of national significance due to the unique occurrence of wetlands in the normally semi-dry environment.
The Lindsay-Wallpolla Islands and their floodplains cover almost 20,000 hectares. They support many threatened plants and animals and a number of native fish.
The Living Murray First Step ecological objectives:
High value wetlands maintained;
Current area of River Red Gum maintained;
At least 20% of the original area of Black Box vegetation maintained.
For the Chowilla Floodplain and Lindsay Wallpolla Islands Icon Site Management Plan visit the publications page.
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