East Gippsland

Key catchment East Gippsland

A small portion of the East Gippsland catchment lies in the NSW far south coast. Much of this catchment lies in north-eastern Victoria. The total catchment area is 1,170 square kilometres.

Major towns


Rivers and tributaries

Genoa River.

Real-time flow data

The department monitors the conditions of river systems in NSW and provides regular updates on water levels, rainfall, water temperature and electrical conductivity.

View real-time data from the East Gippsland catchment on this website.

Major water storage

The East Gippsland River Basin is unregulated, without any major storages to capture and control flows.

Major water users

Local councils, forestry and cattle grazing.

Key water management issues

Since there are no major storages, most water users rely on natural flows or small structures, such as weirs for their water supplies. As in most unregulated rivers, flows are only likely to be adversely affected during relatively dry times, when water is low and demand is high. The management of lands along river and creek banks is an important issue that can affect water flow and quality. For example, forestry can reduce rainfall run-off into rivers, creeks and streams, and cattle grazing can damage sensitive riverbank vegetation resulting in erosion.

Water sharing plans

To preserve water resources in river and groundwater systems for the long term it is critical to balance the competing needs of the environment and water users. Water sharing plans establish rules for sharing water between the environmental needs of the river or aquifer and water users, and also between different types of water use such as town supply, rural domestic supply, stock watering, industry and irrigation. Water sharing plans to cover all catchments in NSW are progressively being developed in consultation with stakeholders and the community.

Visit Water Sharing Plans.