Finding the balance between competing needs at Lake Meran

Wednesday 11 April, 2018

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) has developed the draft Lake Meran Local Management Plan (LMP) and is now inviting public comment. The draft LMP seeks to protect environmental values and the rights of domestic and stock users.

“This plan has been created with careful consideration of a number of competing interests, and we’ve worked to find the balance between these,” GMW Manager Groundwater and Streams Matt Pethybridge said.

“The intention is to provide an easy-to-understand management framework for surface water resources on Lake Meran. The rules also describe licence trading opportunities and how restrictions to the take and use of water from the lake will be applied in administering licence terms and conditions for licence holders,” Mr Pethybridge said.

GMW has been working with the North Central Catchment Management Authority in regards to the draft LMP, which has been informed in part by the authority’s Meran Lakes Complex Environmental Water Management Plan (EWMP). GMW’s role is to manage the access to water from the lake by unregulated diverters with respect to the EWMP. Unregulated diverters receive opportunistic water when it becomes available and has varying reliability.

“The key point to note in the draft LMP is that when water falls below a specific level, take of water for irrigation or commercial purposes must cease.

“The level has been identified by the Meran Lakes Complex Environmental Water Management Plan as 77.8 metres above sea level which protects important environmental values and extends opportunities for community use of the lake and its surrounds,” Mr Pethybridge said.

Water provided by the State Government to protect and enhance the environment of the lake is noted in the LMP.

Members of the public are asked to visit http://www.gmwater.com.au/lake-meran to download the draft LMP, fact sheet and feedback form. Please note feedback closes Monday 23 April 2018. Alternatively, phone GMW Senior Water Resources Officer Scott Ridges on (03) 5826 3485 for more information or to request a copy of the plan and feedback materials