Lower Campaspe Valley WSPA

Lower Campaspe Valley WSPA

Facts and Stats
Area: 2,100km2
PCV: 55,875 ML
Allocations: 75% for all management zones (Barnadown Zone, Elmore-Rochester Zone, Bamawm Zone and Echuca Zone)

The Lower Campaspe Valley Water Supply Protection Area (WSPA) was declared in June 2010 and extends from Lake Eppalock to the River Murray and incorporates the townships of Axedale, Goornong, Elmore, Lockington, Rochester and Echuca.

The Lower Campaspe Valley applies to the management of groundwater resources to all depths except where it is overlain by the Shepparton Irrigation Region Groundwater Management Area and the Campaspe West Salinity Management Plan area. In these areas the Lower Campaspe Valley WSPA applies to the management of groundwater resources from 25 metres to all depths.

Groundwater management

The Lower Campaspe WSPA Groundwater Management Plan was endorsed by the consultative committee and was approved by the Minister for Water on 17 October 2012.

The Plan provides protection for existing users and the environment by supporting a cap on licence entitlement; restricting the extraction of groundwater when triggered; and placing limits on the concentration of groundwater pumping.

The Plan provides licence holders with the opportunity to better manage their entitlements through the introduction of carryover and permanent trade.

Real-time bore level information

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has developed a Water Measurement Information System, with data collected through the Regional Water Monitoring Partnerships.

To access data on the Lower Campaspe Valley WSPA, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Water Monitoring website.
  2. Click "Find a Site" under the "State Observation Bore Network" tab on the left; or the observation bore can be selected through the mapping function.
  3. Enter bore "62589" for the Barnadown zone; or "79324" for the Northern zones; then click "Search".
  4. A box will appear - click on the blue bore number you entered.
  5. Select the "data" tab. In the "Period" option, select a timeframe longer than today - i.e. select yesterday, last seven days, this month, etc.
  6. Select "Get output"
  7. Deduct 0.6m from the level, as the reading does not take into account the 0.6m of casing above the natural surface, eg. if the reading says 8.3m, then the actual water level is 7.7m below natural surface.

The relationship of groundwater levels to seasonal determinations is explained in the relevant management plan above.

Resources

Annual summaries

Contacts

For further information or to obtain technical material relied upon for management arrangements, please contact the Groundwater and Streams section at GMW on 1800 013 357.