Protecting riparian habitat of the Upper Murrumbidgee

Habitat restoration and protection is the foundation for protecting native fish populations.  We can help build resilience by improving river health and increasing habitat connectivity along our river systems.  

Along the upper Murrumbidgee River we have areas of high quality habitat, found in the more inaccessible gorge country.  In between the gorges there are areas of lower quality habitat, where riverside vegetation has been historically cleared, in-channel sedimentation has reduced channel depth and woody weeds such as blackberry and willows are starting to take hold.  Linking up good quality habitats means we can extend the range for our native fish to disperse and breed.  


 "Rivers of Carbon Upper Murrumbidgee River Rehab" 2014-2017

The Rivers of Carbon (RoC) Upper Murrumbidgee River Rehab project is working to connect the high quality habitat of the Bredbo and Colinton Gorges through the Bumbalong valley.  The project has multiple partner investment by South East LLS, NSW Environmental Trust and the Public Reserve Management Fund Program.  The RoC project is being implemented by the Australian River Restoration Centre in partnership with the UMDR.

The project will link up the two gorges by controlling woody weeds (willows and blackberry), replanting and assisting regeneration of native vegetation instream and along the riparian zone and controlling erosion along the Bumbalong reach.  For more information visit the Rivers of Carbon website.  


"UMDR Community Willow Control project" 2014  The NSWDPI Habitat Action Grant program funded the UMDR to control emergent instream willows along 45km of the upper Murrumbidgee River, in the NSW section of the reach (Bredbo to Angle Crossing).  The project held 19 paddle days excorting teams of volunteers paddling the river and controlling willows during autumn and spring/summer 2014.  The focus was control of emergent instream willows in the inaccessible gorge areas which are more easily reached by canoe.


The project was launched by NSW Minister for Primary Industries, the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson and Member for Monaro, Mr John Barilaro when they met with project partners at Angle Crossing on 31st January, 2014.

For more infromation and media about this project click on the bolded links below:

"UMDR Riparian Surveys" 2013 Cooma Waterwatch, funded by the MDBA, undertook RARC surveys to assess riparian health along the entire length of the Murrumbidgee River in the NSW section of the UMDR.  Willow and Blackberry densities were also recorded.  Results will be mapped and used to prioritise riparian management in the reach and provide a baseline against which future change can be measured. 

This project found that willows sapings are now colonising areas of the UMDR that were previously willow free (UMCCC willow surveys, 2008).  These areas are mostly in remote gorge country and contain good stands of native vegetation. On this basis willow control of emergents in these areas has been prioritised.

"Bumbalong Willow Control" 2010  In August one kilometre of willow control was carried out using an excavator at “Bumbalong” located just north of Colinton, NSW. This will be followed up by the landowner spraying strikes during November and December.

» "Bumbalong" 2010(PDF 1,029 KB)

“Scottsdale Willow Control” 2010 Beginning in July three kilometres of willow control was carried out using a stem injection/foliar spraying technique on “Scottsdale” NSW. In addition to this three community planting days have occurred along Gungoandra Creek. Bush Heritage volunteers will continue to undertake maintenance, weed control and further plantings along Gungoandra Creek and the Murrumbidgee River.

» "Scottsdale" 2010(PDF 262 KB)