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Media releases

Op Ed — Basin Plan checking the settings to get the best outcomes - 25 November 2016

By Phillip Glyde, MDBA Chief Executive

When the Basin Plan was drafted in 2012, the system was under serious strain.

Proposed Basin Plan amendments to save jobs and deliver for the environment - 22 November 2016

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is today calling for submissions about proposed Basin Plan amendments that are designed to improve the outcomes for communities, the environment and regional economies.

Water ministers discuss Basin Plan milestones - 18 November 2016

The Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council met in Adelaide today to discuss progress towards major milestones in the implementation of the Basin Plan, including the Northern Basin Review, as well as current water management issues in the Basin arising

Lower Darling breeding bonanza biggest in 20 years - 16 November 2016

The most impressive Murray cod breeding in 20 years is under way in the Lower Darling River as a result of environmental watering.

Shepparton on board to strengthen MDBA community links - 15 November 2016

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority and regional communities began this month with the appointment of an officer hosted by the Greater Shepparton City Council.

North-east Victoria on board to strengthen MDBA community links - 15 November 2016

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority and regional communities began this month with the appointment of an officer hosted by the North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA).

Sunraysia on board to strengthen MDBA community links - 15 November 2016

A pilot program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority and regional communities began this month with the appointment of an officer hosted by the Wentworth Shire Council.

Western Riverina to strengthen MDBA community links - 15 November 2016

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority and regional communities began this month with the appointment of an officer hosted by the Leeton Shire Council on behalf of the Western Riverina.

Murray Bridge on board to strengthen MDBA community links - 15 November 2016

A program to strengthen the connections between the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and regional communities began this month with the appointment of an officer hosted by the South Australian Murray–Darling Basin Natural Resources Management (SAMD

Additional watering priorities for 2016-17 - 15 November 2016

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has updated the annual environmental watering priorities for 2016-17 following wet conditions across the basin.

Socio-economic effects to be included in Basin Plan evaluation - 14 November 2016

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has confirmed that its scheduled 2017 evaluation of the Basin Plan will canvass the full range of social, economic and environmental outcomes in order to properly assess its effectiveness.

Menindee Lakes re-enter water sharing phase - 09 November 2016

Menindee Lakes can now be used to help meet downstream demand for water, as good Darling River flows continue to boost the lakes' storage volume.

Media statement: Murray–Darling Basin Plan amendment update - 01 November 2016

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has determined that a change to the Basin Plan will be proposed for public consultation later this year.

Valuable meetings this week in Albury and Wodonga - 01 November 2016

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority was glad to be part of constructive meetings held this week by the Minister for Health and Aged Care and Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, and the Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, in the wake of recent Hume Dam flood op

Fish survey shows encouraging results under Basin Plan - 25 October 2016

The second annual survey of fish populations across all catchments of the Murray–Darling Basin shows early signs of improvement, with four more species of fish caught during the 2015-16 survey than in 2014-15.

Blackwater widespread after River Murray floods - 21 October 2016

River users may notice a darker water colour in parts of the River Murray and its tributaries over the coming weeks.

Statement: Murray–Darling Basin Authority meeting 13 October, 2016 - 14 October 2016

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority held its scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, 13 October, 2016, in Canberra with all six Authority members in attendance.

Partnerships to boost regional engagement - 14 October 2016

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) will partner with local government, regional development and natural resource organisations to strengthen connections with communities across the basin.

Understanding community, cultural and environmental impacts in the northern basin - 10 October 2016

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) today released a report outlining community level impacts of different levels of water recovery in the northern Murray–Darling Basin.

Goondiwindi online with new weather station - 05 October 2016

Goondiwindi now has its own weather station thanks to a Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) project that gives locals a full picture of conditions so they can plan for the future.

Weirs to be fully opened to further manage high Murray flows - 04 October 2016

Several weirs along the River Murray will be opened during October as high flows continue to make their way through the river system.

This work is planned by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to maintain safety during flood flows.

Higher releases from Hume Dam with more rain on the way - 02 October 2016

People in the area downstream of Hume Dam are advised to continue monitoring local flood warnings as releases from Hume Dam increase and further rain is forecast over the coming days.

Mildura weir to make way for high flows - 22 September 2016

Work to temporarily remove the Mildura Weir is expected to start on Monday 26 September as a result of increased flows in the River Murray.

Further small drop for Wentworth weir pool before rising next week - 21 September 2016

People along the Murray and Darling rivers near Wentworth are advised that the Lock 10 weir pool will drop a little further in the coming days before returning to normal levels early next week.

Wentworth weir pool continues to be lower than usual - 16 September 2016

People along the Murray and Darling rivers near Wentworth are reminded that the Lock 10 weir pool is lower than usual, as efforts continue to reduce high salinity levels in the Darling River.

Releases from Hume Dam continue ahead of forecast rain - 08 September 2016

Water releases from Hume Dam have increased in the past week as the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) continues to monitor inflows and rain forecasts.

Wentworth weir being temporarily lowered - 08 September 2016

People along the Murray and Darling rivers near Wentworth are advised that the Lock 10 weir pool level is being lowered to try to reduce high salinity levels in the Darling River arm of the weir pool. 

The MDBA enhancing its regional presence - 12 August 2016

The MDBA will be strengthening its crucial connections with people in the Murray–Darling Basin by establishing new positions based in communities across the basin.

Managing Murray weir pool levels 2016-17 - 29 July 2016

Landholders and river users along the River Murray are reminded to take into account changes to weir pool levels over the coming year, and to adjust their activities, pumps and moorings accordingly.

Annual watering priorities 2016–17 released - 04 July 2016

Supporting native animals such as the silver perch, waterbird habitat and wetland vegetation are a key focus for watering activities in 2016–17.

Barmah Choke trade restriction to continue - 17 June 2016

Trading water from above the Barmah Choke to below the choke will continue to be restricted into the 2016-17 water year.

Upcoming changes to Torrumbarry weir pool - 06 May 2016

The Torrumbarry weir pool level will vary over the coming months. Landholders and river users are advised to adjust their activities, pumps and moorings accordingly and boat owners should note they are responsible for the safety of their vessel.

Flow advice: Mitta Mitta flow reduces - 27 April 2016

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account the forecast releases of water from Dartmouth Dam and make any necessary adjustment to their river activities.

New member welcomed to the MDBA - 17 March 2016

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority has welcomed the announcement of Ms Susan Madden as a new member of the Authority.

Upcoming changes in mid-Murray weir pools - 17 March 2016

Landholders and river users on the River Murray are reminded to take into account changes to weir pool levels over the coming months at lock 15 at Robinvale and at locks 7, 8 and 9 between Wentworth and the South Australian border.

Autumn flow to vary levels in the River Murray - 26 February 2016

Flows along the River Murray are expected to vary downstream of the junction with the Goulburn River as environmental water moves through the river this autumn.

Basin Plan annual report outlines continued progress - 18 February 2016

The second full report on how state and Commonwealth agencies are tracking to implement the Murray–Darling Basin Plan was released today.

Upcoming changes in mid-Murray weir pools - 10 February 2016

Landholders and river users on the River Murray are reminded to take into account changes to weir pool levels over coming months at locks 7, 8 and 9 between Wentworth and the South Australian border, and at lock 15 at Robinvale.

Flow advice: Mitta Mitta flow reduces - 09 February 2016

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account the forecast releases of water from Dartmouth Dam and make any necessary adjustment to their river activities.

Flow advice: Mitta Mitta flow update - 27 January 2016

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account the forecast releases of water from Dartmouth Dam and make any necessary adjustment to their river activities.

Flow advice: Mitta Mitta flow update - 07 January 2016

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account the forecast releases of water from Dartmouth Dam and make any necessary adjustment to their river activities.