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Environmental flow management

Snowy science and monitoring

Read scientific reports and papers on ecological responses to environmental flows.

Snowy River, Main Range walk, Charlotte Pass - Image credit: E Sheargold/DPE

About Snowy science and modelling

The department is required to assess ecological responses to the Snowy River and Snowy Montane River Increased Flows.

This work is led by the Department of Planning and Environment - Environment and Heritage Group (DPE EHG).  Find more information on the DPE EHG website.

Past reports, fact sheets, presentations and journal articles



Water quality




Fact sheets

Snowy River Increased Flows (SRIFs)

Snowy Montane River Increased Flows

The role of tributaries


Snowy River Increased Flows (SRIFs)

Snowy Montane River Increased Flows (SMRIFs)

Journal articles

  • Brooks A.J., Lancaster J., Downes B.J. and Wolfenden B. (in press) Just add water. Rapid assembly of new communities in previously dry riverbeds, and limited long-distance effects on existing communities. Oecologia
  • Rose T., Erskine W. & Miners B. (2020). Channel recovery in a regulated river: Effects of an experimental and natural flood in the Snowy River, SE Australia. River Research and Applications 36, 567–579. https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3452
  • Brooks A.J., Wolfenden B., Downes B.J. & Lancaster J. (2018). Barriers to dispersal: The effect of a weir on stream insect drift. River Research and Applications 34, 1244–1253. https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3377
  • Rohlfs A.-M., Williams S., Rees G.N., Lim R.P., Werry L. & Mitrovic S.M. (2018). Experimental dam releases stimulate respiration in an epilithic biofilm community. Hydrobiologia820, 175–187. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-018-3654-4
  • Brooks A.J., Wolfenden B., Downes B.J. & Lancaster J. (2017). Do pools impede drift dispersal by stream insects? Freshwater Biology 62, 1578–1586. https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.12969
  • Rohlfs A.-M., Mitrovic S.M., Williams S. & Coleman D. (2016a). Can tributary in-flows improve the recovery of the dissolved organic carbon regime in a snowmelt river regulated by a large reservoir? Marine and Freshwater Research 67, 1338. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF14230
  • Rohlfs A.-M., Mitrovic S.M., Williams S., Hitchcock J.N. & Rees G.N. (2016b). Dissolved organic carbon delivery from managed flow releases in a montane snowmelt river. Aquatic Sciences 78, 793–807. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00027-016-0472-5
  • McLean E.J. & Hinwood J.B. (2015). Response of the Snowy River Estuary to two environmental flows. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 127, 28. https://doi.org/10.1071/RS15016
  • Reinfelds I., Swanson E., Cohen T., Larsen J. & Nolan A. (2014). Hydrospatial assessment of streamflow yields and effects of climate change: Snowy Mountains, Australia. Journal of Hydrology 512, 206–220. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.02.038
  • Brooks A.J., Russell M., Bevitt R. & Dasey M. (2011). Constraints on the recovery of invertebrate assemblages in a regulated snowmelt river during a tributary-sourced environmental flow regime. Marine and Freshwater Research 62, 1407–1420. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF11128


Images of scientists working in the waterways of the Snowy Mountains.