Lake Meran Local Management Plan endorsed

Lake Meran

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) has been developing a Lake Meran Local Management Plan (LMP) in recent months to protect the rights of domestic and stock users and protect environmental values. This plan has been created with careful consideration of a number of different interests.

The development of the LMP has included consideration of the North Central Catchment Management Authority’s (NCCMA) Meran Lakes Complex Environmental Water Management Plan, which is available here on the NCCMA website, and also in the  fact sheet.

The draft LMP was released for public feedback in April 2018, and was endorsed by GMW's Board in May 2018. You can download a copy of the plan here.

Thank you to those who made submissions on the draft plan prior to endorsement. Download a copy of Summary of feedback on draft Lake Meran Local Management Plan.

Our intention is to provide GMW’s customers and the community with 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.

Lake Meran real-time water level monitoring

In 2018 a real-time water level monitoring instrument was installed to replace manual staff gauges located at the northern end of the lake. This project was undertaken to:

  • Offset the cost of having to regularly recalibrate the vertical staff gauges
  • Remove safety risks to recreational users of the lake
  • Provide continuous monitoring of the water levels
  • Provide information to the wider community that help them plan their activities (I.e. irrigation diversions, boating, camping, fishing)
  • Enhance understanding of how the lake performs under varying seasonal conditions

The data collected by the instrument is transmitted back to GMW and stored within the Water Status information system.

You can access the Lake Meran water level data at our Water Status Reports page - to find the Lake Meran data, follow these steps:

  • Under Report select System Status Report
  • Under Basin select Loddon
  • Under Product select Streamflow
  • Under Station select 407608 Lake Meran (Loddon River).

Automated trigger level email

GMW offers an automated email service to inform registered users when the water level in Lake Meranl reaches 78.0mAHD; and then again when it reaches the trigger level of 77.8mAHD.

If you would like to register your email to take advantage of this function, please fill out the form below.

Lake Meran Trigger Level Notification
Email subscription

Unsubscribing from the Lake Meran automated trigger level email

If you have previously subscribed to the Lake Meran automated trigger level email service and would like to unsubscribe, please send an email to with the subject line "Unsubscribe from Lake Meran trigger level email".

Protecting your privacy
Goulburn-Murray Water (“ GMW”) collects, holds and manages personal information under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) (“ PDP Act”). Your personal information will be collected, where you choose to provide it to us, for the purposes of providing you with information about water levels at Lake Meran, providing services to you and updating your customer details. If you do not provide us with your personal information, you may not receive important information relating to the water levels at Lake Meran. GMW’s staff, agents and contractors may access personal information held by GMW, but only to the extent necessary to provide services to you on behalf of GMW or so as to provide services to GMW itself. GMW may also be legally required to disclose personal information, for instance to the police, courts or other authorised organisations. You may gain access to and correct your personal information under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic). For further information, please refer to our Privacy Policy at .