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New South Wales is the most populous State in Australia and contains Sydney, the nation's largest city. It is a State with a diverse range of environments, including mountain ranges, large agricultural areas and fabulous coastlines.

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    Faster flows trigger fish breeding frenzy

    Frisky fish have taken advantage of a river pulse to spawn in the waters of the Murray River. Both sides of the border are likely to see the benefits as the next generation of native fish grow and migrate.

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    Landholders protect endangered frog

    Endangered frogs can thank landholders for their survival in far south-west NSW. Just a few kilometres from the South Australian border, on the Murray River, two landholders are managing their wetlands specifically for the protection of the southern bell frog.

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    Norman's Lagoon, East Albury

    Close to the heart of Albury, Norman’s Lagoon is a billabong on the Murray River floodplain which once contained clear water, high-quality diverse aquatic vegetation and significant native fish populations. The 2001-2009 drought caused a decline in the health of the Lagoon, however, a recent partnership between AlburyCity and Murray LLS has focused attention on the wetland’s restoration, a major priority for biodiversity conservation in the Albury area.

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    Building a stronger wetland food web

    What do tadpoles eat? It may seem a simple question, but the answer could play an important role in deciding when and how often local wetlands receive water.

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    More wet equals more green in the marshes

    In 1991 a group of botanists headed out beyond the Great Divide to map the vegetation of the Macquarie Marshes for the very first time. The project would lay a foundation for several repeat surveys, the latest of which took place earlier this year.

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    Native Dog Swamp: where cattle droving and bird watching meet

    Frisky fish have taken advantage of a river pulse to spawn in the waters of the Murray River. A small, fast flowing event took place in October, designed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) and Victoria’s Arthur Rylah Institute, to support native fish breeding. And it appears to have been a success. Monitoring has […]

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    Carp pushing up daisies in the mid-Murray

    Carp numbers in the mid-Murray region have taken a hit with 30 tonnes of the introduced pest removed from Moira Lake this winter (2015). The carp are destined to become fertiliser, leaving native fish in the system to enjoy reduced competition for food and habitat.

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    Water at work…

    From their cool, quiet hiding places on the banks of Speewa Creek, three frog species have emerged after environmental water revived their wetland habitat. An environmental flow of 500 megalitres was delivered to the creek, north of Swan Hill, in June 2014.

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    New lease on life for Bottle Bend

    Black Box woodlands are bouncing back to health after environmental water provided a much-needed boost in the Bottle Bend Reserve near Mildura. A 423 hectare site, including Black Box woodland and wetland vegetation, received environmental flows during 2012 – 2014, resulting in an impressive flora and fauna response.

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    The sound of success

    The endangered Southern Bell Frog has returned to the Lachlan River following environmental flows in 2013. Researchers were excited to discover they had returned, following careful and well-planned use of environmental water.