Autumn top-up for Lake Meran

Full and fabulous: Lake Meran will be brimming as water for the environment is delivered to the site during the next couple of months. Photo by North Central CMA, Bridie Velik-Lord

Lake Meran will be topped up with water for the environment, returning it to its highest level since the 2016 natural floods.

Up to 2300 megalitres will flow into the lake until mid-May, on top of the 5414 Ml already delivered this season.

North Central Catchment Management Authority chief executive Brad Drust said the flows were in line with the waterway’s 10-year environmental water management plan.

“The water will give important black box and red gum communities on the fringes of the lake a much-needed drink,” he said.

“And the water will continue to provide a refuge for the important population of Murray River turtles that call the lake home.

“And, of course, the campers, anglers, swimmers and boaters will continue to enjoy high water levels.”

Outside of natural flooding, environmental flows are the only way water is delivered to Lake Meran.

“At the moment, there is enough water in the system to deliver water to Lake Meran and meet local irrigation demands,” Mr Drust said.

“However, if there is an increase in irrigation demand while we are filling the lake, we will work with Goulburn-Murray Water to avoid compromising the flows for irrigation. This may mean taking a bit longer to fill Lake Meran.”

The North Central CMA manages environmental flows on behalf of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder. The flows are authorised by VEWH in line with its Seasonal Watering Plan 2021-22.

The plan is available for download from with regular watering updates posted on the North Central CMA website at