Since 1914 when a River Murray Agreement was signed by the then Prime Minister Joseph Cook, and Premiers from NSW, Victoria and South Australia the Murray River system has been the subject of plans for its water.
Wonga Wetlands near Murray River, Albury 2011.
Photo by Brayden Dykes
Today it is the Murray–Darling Basin Authority making plans in support of the Murray–Darling Basin’s future.
The Authority is the body responsible for developing and overseeing a planning framework for the management of the Basin’s water resources in the national interest. This responsibility includes to:
We are also charged with looking at how we can change the way we manage the Basin’s rivers and potentially remove key constraints–which could allow for better environmental outcomes. The MDBA must complete a study on constraints as part of the Basin Plan; this is called the Constraints Management Strategy.
Also under the Basin Plan, Water Resource Plans have a fundamental role in ensuring the limits on the quantities of surface and groundwater that can be taken from the Basin will operate from 2019 and beyond.
Further, the Water Quality and Salinity Management Plan provides a framework for action to protect and enhance water quality for environmental, social, economic and cultural uses.