Managing water

Renmark, on the banks of the River Murray, South Australia. Photo by Michael Bell.


The MBDA aims to manage the sustainable use of the Basin's water resources in a manner that protects the environment, its communities and the industries that depend on it. We take a Basin-wide, collaborative approach to managing water in the Murray–Darling system.

Our role is to provide leadership and collaborate with agencies and communities, facilitate engagement between regions and encourage consideration of the integrated and connected nature of the Basin's river systems, when making management decisions.

On a larger scale, dam operations and water distribution along the major Murray and Darling River tributaries and irrigation structures is undertaken by state agencies and water authorities, with exact arrangements varying between the 5 Basin states and territories.

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The Murray–Darling Basin is home to one of the most mature water markets in the world. Water trading in the Basin is responsible for 95% of the volume of all water traded in Australia.

The Barmah Choke is a naturally occurring narrow stretch of the River Murray that begins downstream of Cobram, Victoria and ends upstream of Echuca, Victoria. The Choke runs through the Barmah–Millewa Forest on the Victorian/NSW border.

The management of individual algal blooms is best undertaken at a local level, as the most effective approaches differ according to each bloom and each location.