Murray-Darling Basin Authority releases long-term plan for environmental water delivery

source: ABC

A long-term strategy to guide environmental watering across the Murray-Darling Basin has been released.

The basin-wide strategy identifies priority areas for targeted water delivery, including the Murray mouth and the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Goulburn catchments.

The document is a key part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s Jody Swirepik said it also identified the outcomes it wanted to achieve.

“We’ve identifed those are things like fish and birds and vegetation and then sort of changes to hydrology to give effect to all of those things,” she said.

“So it sort of sets out a bit of a recipe of how we might need to coordinate together to get the outcomes that we were anticipating under the basin plan.”

She said it would ensure the environmental outcomes of the basin plan were met.

“It provides guidance if you like to Natural Resource Management and to environmental water-holders as to how they should be coordinating together to actually achieve the desired outcomes that we wanted under the basin plan,” she said.

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