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Basin statistics

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The Murray–Darling Basin has a
population of over 2 million
people – and provides water
to more than 3 million people

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The total catchment area
of the Basin is around
1,060,000 km2

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There are 46 species of
native fish

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There are 16 wetlands listed
as internationally significant
(Ramsar sites)

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About $19 billion is generated
each year in agricultural
commodities

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There is a total of
22,000 GL of publicly
managed water storages
in the Basin

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Within the Basin, there are over
40 Aboriginal Nations,
see inside front cover

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There are 98 species of
waterbird

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40% of all farms in Australia
are located in the Basin —
that's over 50,900 farms

The Murray–Darling Basin produces:

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50% of
Australia's
irrigated produce

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nearly
100% of Australia's
rice

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96% of
Australia's
cotton

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74% of
Australia's
grapes

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46% of
Australia's fruit

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30% of
Australia's
dairy

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