Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach

Upper 'bidgee

The UMDR aims to improve fish habitat and river health for native fish in the upper Murrumbidgee.

Native fish populations in the Murray Darling Basin are currently at or below 10% of pre-European settlement levels.

The Native Fish Strategy is an initiative of the [link: Murray–Darling Basin Authority] that aims to rehabilitate native fish populations across the basin to 60% by 2054 and to ensure sustainable fish populations and communities throughout the basin.

What is a demonstration reach?

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Demonstration reaches are an initiative of the Native Fish Strategy. They are large scale reaches that aim to showcase the cumulative benefits of multiple management interventions at a single site in close proximity to a major population centre. 

The reaches aim to engage the community in rehabilitation of native fish populations and incorporate robust monitoring and evaluation to demonstrate changes and improvements through time.

Demonstration reaches are large-scale river reaches or wetlands where river health is improved through a combination of management options that have an emphasis on ecological communities. The benefits of cumulative management interventions can be seen through the demonstration reach concept. An important aspect of demonstration reaches is community enthusiasm and involvement through a range of initiatives. There are currently seven active demonstration reaches operating under the Native Fish Strategy.

Associated actions include:

  • removing barriers to fish passage;
  • establishing environmental flows;
  • improving water quality and riparian areas;
  • reducing the impact of weeds;
  • monitoring and evaluating river health;
  • encouraging greater community empathy, education and understanding; and
  • strengthening community collaborations and ownership.

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