Featured projects

The core business of the MDFRC is the generation of new scientific knowledge to support effective management of the Basin's ecology.  This knowledge is generated through long-term strategic research, short-term tactical research, synthesis of the best available science, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge exchange activities to promote adoption and active involvement in the management of the freshwater assets of the Basin.

Lignum condition at Bottle Bend Reserve

Understanding how and when to deliver environmental water to optimise Lignum condition is important for their ongoing survival.

Understanding the functional role of habitat structure to predation on Southern Pygmy Perch

The Southern pygmy perch (Nannoperca australis) is a small-bodied fish species that historically was widely distributed throughout the Murray and lower Murrumbidgee systems.

Environmental Water Knowledge and Research

Using a collaborative approach, the Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research (MDB EWKR) Project will improve the best science information available to support the evolving needs of environmental water managers

Long Term Intervention Monitoring

Long Term Intervention Monitoring (LTIM) is a key element of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO) response to the requirements of the Water Act 2007 and the MDBA’s Basin Plan.

Murray hardyhead conservation case study

The range of Murray hardyhead has declined drastically over recent years, largely due to the effects of drought and human processes which impact on water quality.

Integrated Ecosystems Condition Assessment

Current river and wetland health assessment methods cannot effectively demonstrate if improvements to ecological health are related to management interventions, nor are they effective at diagnosing which threats are most important in causing decline or preventing recovery.

Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program

This project is a continuation of the first phase of the Darling Anabranch Adaptive Management Monitoring Program (DAAMMP), which was established as a ten year monitoring program to provide information to help guide decisions on the management of environmental flows

Movement of large bodied fish

The main objective is to understand fish responses to a range of flow scenarios in the Hattah system to advise future management of watering events.

River Murray biological monitoring program

This project was initiated in 1980 after concern for river health emerged in the 1970s. During its 35 year history a number of different organisations have contributed to the project's unique database.

Great Darling Anabranch

Collaboration between landholders, managers, government and scientists over many years resulted in the construction of a pipeline in 2007 to secure water supply and return the Darling Anabranch to an ephemeral system.

Lindsay, Mulcra and Wallpolla Islands: The Living Murray Condition Monitoring

The program is a significant investment into the long term sustainability of the River Murray system and aims to achieve a healthy, working river for the benefit of all Australians.

Hattah Lakes icon site: The Living Murray Condition Monitoring

The Living Murray efforts involve a combination of on ground works for the delivery of environmental water and a monitoring and evaluation program at six icon sites chosen for their ecological and cultural significance:

Southern pygmy perch watering requirements study

The pygmy perch has undergone a dramatic decline in NE Victoria over the last 15 years (now ‘Vulnerable’ (VIC) or ‘Endangered’ (NSW)).