The Wimmera has historically experienced fluctuations in rainfall, with long periods of drought, huge floods and everything in between. Climate change predictions suggest that we may experience drier winters, wetter summers and more extreme weather events. This may have implications for water availability for our waterways.

Waterways, in particular wetlands, have a huge ability to store carbon if managed correctly. Given the Wimmera contains 25 percent of Victoria’s wetlands there is great potential for the Wimmera to protect waterways as a climate change mitigation activity by capturing carbon. The challenge will be to continue to manage these areas so they can remain resilient and adapt to climate change.