Our River Red Gum parks are dying for a drink
The Eastern Great Egret is a migratory bird and each year travels to nest in Gunbower, one of the wetland forests in the newly created River Red Gum national parks.
But here's the thing. The only time she can nest is when the river is in flood. And there hasn't been a major natural flood since 1993, over 17 years ago.
Left to itself, the river would still flood at least every few years. But the Murray and Goulburn rivers have been grossly over-allocated and heavily used for irrigation. Meaning there is even less water available for egrets and other wildlife in the new parks.
It's not just the Eastern Great Egret that's affected. It's the many other flood-dependant species that are at risk: 118 rare and threatened plants and 62 threatened animals, such as the Superb Parrot and the iconic Murray Cod.
Please support our work now; it is crucial these species get the water they need.
And right now three out of every four of the grand old River Red Gums along the Murray River are dying - for lack of water.
There is however a very simple solution. The water is available now!
Will you support the VNPA in our aim is to convince decision-makers, such as the Victorian Government, to allocate a regular and adequate proportion of the water in the rivers to make sure Victoria's River Red Gum forest habitats survive?
Please donate today to help our River Red Gum forests flourish.
How to donate
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