Water flow and vegetation

Published on 28 July 2021

The following information is provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning: 

Large wood (snags) and native vegetation (instream, bank and riparian) play an important role in influencing the health of rivers, estuaries and wetlands.

Taking wood or removing trees, shrubs and reeds from the bed and banks of waterways and from riparian land typically leads to poorer water quality, eroded riverbanks and degraded environments.

In many parts of Victoria, catchment management authorities (CMAs) and Melbourne Water are working in partnership with local communities and landholders to put wood and vegetation back into our waterways and riparian areas.

Read more on their website: https://www.water.vic.gov.au/waterways-and-catchments/rivers-estuaries-and-waterways/managing-vegetation-in-and-around-waterways