Water

Old trees get new home as snags

By Country News

Trees removed during stage one of the new Echuca-Moama bridge project are being recycled as much-needed habitat for native fish.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority river health officer Corey Wilson said the Major Road Projects Authority (part of VicRoads) had approached the CMA after a number of large red gums were removed during development of the new roundabout on the Murray Valley Hwy as part of the bridge project.

‘‘We had recently received funding from the Victorian Government for re-snagging works in the Goulburn River,’’ Mr Wilson said.

‘‘So when the road authority approached us about re-using the logs for an environmental project, the timing was perfect and meant that we ended up doubling the amount of snags we put in the river.’’

Last week almost 280 logs were placed in a stretch of the Goulburn River near Murrumbidgee Rd, Wyuna.

‘‘This stretch of the river is a priority for re-snagging as in-stream mapping showed this section of the river had a low density of snags,’’ Mr Wilson said.

‘‘This recent re-snagging project complements similar re-snagging done further downstream a few years back.’’