Groundwater We work together with the states to manage the Basin's groundwater resources. Managing water Water for the environment Ensuring that water quality is maintained and rivers and wetlands are restored to health. Water markets and trade Trade is vital for irrigators by allowing flexibility in response to water availability. Water quality Maintaining water quality is crucial to sustaining human life and a healthy, working Basin. Salinity Salinity management is a significant environmental challenge for the Basin.
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Water in storages View the total amount of water in storages across the Basin. Hydrological modelling Hydrological modelling plays an important role in water management and key policy initiatives. River Murray system River Murray data Our online interactive map about water levels, flows, salinity and water temperature. River recreation We take account of recreational activities when making decisions on releases and water targets. Running the River Murray We share water between the states and direct the operations of the River Murray system.
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Storage, flow and salinity reports Reports on storage levels, flows and salinity across the River Murray system. Weekly reports Summary of operations for the River Murray system including storage, flow and salinity data. Flow advice Advice on flows to help landholders and river users manage activities that may be impacted by river movements. Education Lesson packages Concise, curriculum-linked lesson materials to help explain the complex science of the Murray—Darling Basin. Apps Explore the challenges of the Murray-Darling Basin through our free apps. Resources Access other water education information and resources, suitable for use by both students and teachers.
Publications Search all publications Independent reports Independent and peer reviewed reports from scientific agencies, private consultancies and non-government bodies. Maps and spatial data View our maps and datasets or send us a spatial data request. It has also altered the pattern, or seasonality, of flow so that higher flows which used to happen in winter-spring now occur in summer-autumn to meet irrigation demands.
The Basin-wide environmental watering strategy sets out our long-term targets in more detail, including:. In some places, water for the environment is delivered using levees, pipes and regulators, providing benefits without overbank flows.
Water managers, including the Australian Government, Basin states, The Living Murray program, and river operators, work together to maximise benefits from delivering water for the environment. Water is recovered for the environment through improvements in irrigation infrastructure or water buybacks. The government has limited water buyback to within a legislated cap of 1, GL.
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Go to search page Search this site. Discover the Basin Rivers. Learn about why the Murray—Darling Basin is so important to Australia. Catchments Discover more about the Basin in your region by exploring the catchments in the Basin.
What are we trying to achieve?
Environment The Basin contains diverse ecosystems and a wide variety of plants and animals. Landscape Learn more about the Basin's landscape and diverse, complex environment. Water The Basin's water is important for social and economic purposes and a healthy environment. Basin Plan roll-out The Basin Plan The aim of the Basin Plan is to ensure that water is shared between all users, including the environment, in a sustainable way. Sustainable diversion limits The Basin Plan sets a limit on how much water can be sustainably diverted within the Basin. Compliance and enforcement Compliance is an integral part of water management in the Murray—Darling Basin.
Monitoring and evaluation Monitoring, evaluation and reporting is critical to understanding whether the Basin Plan is working and on track.
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