What is its purpose?
The intent of a transparent or translucent flow is to restore natural flow variability associated with specific flow ranges, usually freshes and minor floods. These flows can contribute towards achieving specific environmental outcomes, such as:
- connections between different parts of the river and the floodplain, and/or
- maintaining habitat and breeding conditions for native fish and waterbirds.
These types of flow rules exist in several water sharing plans in NSW and generally operate quite differently to the active management of licensed environmental water.