Blackwater in the Goulburn River

Tuesday 3 January, 2017

The Goulburn River near Shepparton is looking darker than usual due to blackwater in parts of the river.

Recent heavy rain has resulted in debris being washed into the river from the Seven, Castle and Pranjip creeks. This has created patches of discoloured water and reduced oxygen levels in some areas.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) is coordinating the response to this blackwater event. With the support of Goulburn-Murray Water, the GBCMA is working to help replenish dissolved oxygen levels and disperse the slug of dark water.

For more information about blackwater in the Goulburn River, visit the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s website www.gbcma.vic.gov.au

For information about town water supplies visit Goulburn Valley Water’s website www.gvwater.vic.gov.au

The community is encouraged to report fish deaths to the EPA on 1300 372 842.