The Crane Valley Partnership

A Natural Looking and Functioning River with Sustainable Flow

We want the natural shape of the river to be restored and adapted to climate change

We recognise that urban catchments have limitations that prevent the restoration of an entire river being possible. For example, culverts that run underneath residential housing cannot be opened up without demolishing houses.

However, we believe that much of the Crane could be restored to its natural shape. We intend to achieve this through river realignment, channel narrowing and re-profiling projects focussing on artificially widened, straightened and enforced stretches of river.

Due to the excessive width, shallow depth and low flows on such stretches, they are most at risk from climate change and drought. By re-profiling these unnatural channels we can increase depth and flows and enhance in-river features such as meanders and deep pools. By enhancing these areas, we can provide quality habitat for aquatic life to flourish in when rainfall is scarce and water levels are low.


We want increased and more variable flow throughout the Crane, DNR and Longford Rivers

We want to tackle the issue of the slow, uniform flow found on most parts of the Crane. We aim to do this through the river realignment, channel narrowing and re-profiling work described previously and through an improved water level management scheme for the lower river involving all relevant stakeholders.


Outcomes

  • The natural shape of the river should be restored and adapted to climate change.
  • Increased and more variable flow throughout the Crane, DNR and Longford Rivers.