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NSW Murray and Lower Darling WRP

Topic: Environment

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is seeking feedback on the draft NSW Murray and Lower Darling Surface Water Resource Plan.

Murray Darling Basin NSW

What's this about?

The draft NSW Murray and Lower Darling Surface Water Resource Plan is currently on public exhibition.

This plan outlines how the NSW Government will meet the requirements of the Basin Plan in the NSW Murray and Lower Darling Surface Water Resource Plan Area.

The NSW Murray and Lower Darling Surface Water Resource Plan incorporates the water sharing plans for the regulated and unregulated water sources.

The proposed changes to the Water Sharing Plans include:

  • Implementation of the Pre-requisite Policy Measures (PPMs) of piggy-backing and recognition of return flows of environmental water to allow more efficient and beneficial use of held environmental water, as required under the Basin Plan.
  • Greater reference to current operational procedures for inter-valley trade within NSW and the operating rules for the Barmah-Millewa Forest Environmental Allowance. However, it is not proposed to change the operating procedures themselves.
  • Revised strategies and performance indicators to achieve SMART environmental, economic, cultural and social objectives.
  • Establishment of a second compliance limit, which is the sustainable diversion limit specified in the Basin Plan 2012. This includes incorporation of an associated assessment and compliance framework for this limit as required by the Basin Plan.
  • Separation of surface water and alluvial groundwater in the two unregulated water source Water Sharing Plans.

Have your say

There are two ways you can provide your feedback:

Have your say by 13 October 2019.

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