Wetlands occur inbetween land and water environments. 'Wetland' is a term used to describe environments that are subject to surface inundation that results in development of wetland soils and wetland plants.
In Victoria, wetlands are classified according to water depth, how long water persists, and timing*.
* In reality all wetlands are temporary; it depends on the time scale in which you look at them.
The Wimmera contains over 3000 wetlands. A large number of these are on private property, particularly in the Millicent Coast Basin (West Wimmera) and Natimuk-Douglas areas.
An extensive series of wetlands runs across the south-western Wimmera plains, while a number of salt lakes occur in the depression from Douglas up past Mt Arapiles to the Little Desert National Park.
Wetlands are a significant feature in the Wimmera landscape with approximately 25% of Victoria’s wetlands occurring in the region. Wetlands are of immense value to the health of our environment and lifestyle. Wetlands occur in many different forms - each has its own unique ecosystem of plants and animals that depend on the wetland for food, water and habitat. Wetlands provide many valuable and essential ‘free’ services such as:
What is Wimmera CMA doing for our wetlands?
Wimmera CMA has a role in the management of wetlands, which mainly includes protecting their ecological, social and economic values.
Wimmera CMA has gathered a great deal of data to help understand the region's wetlands, how to sustainably manage them and to communicate this information to people who have a role in managing these sites. Key wetland projects have included compiling historic wetland data, assessing current wetland condition and determining a method of assessing wetland condition.
Wimmera CMA has many wetland resources available to the community including films, glovebox guides, special publications and fact sheets. To find out more phone Wimmera CMA on 5382 1544.
View our Wetland Asset Strategy for 2011 - Wimmera CMA - Wetland Asset Strategy 2011 (1.66 MB)