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We are constantly evaluating the outcomes of releasing water to benefit the environment. Encouragingly, we have seen a marked improvement in the overall health of the Basin since the implementation of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan in 2012.

As expected in a river system the size of the Basin, results are not consistent—some locations are still showing significant environmental strain as a result of drought and other demands on water.

A healthy and productive Basin will take many years, even decades to achieve. The Basin Plan is regularly reviewed and early signs are encouraging. We will continue to advise on and coordinate actions to improve the environmental health of the Basin, with the ongoing participation of governments, communities and industry partners.

Ongoing evaluation

In addition to the report cards, monitoring and evaluation is regularly conducted across the Basin. Basin Plan evaluations are the most extensive reviews built into the Basin Plan and a crucial checkpoint in the process of water reform. The 2020 Evaluation made 12 recommendations and identified 6 priority areas to improve the implementation and delivery of the Basin Plan.

We evaluate the health of important sites in the Basin, scoring them according to the health of ecological objectives.

A map of the Murray-Darling Basin see-our-progress MURRAY RIVER ADELAIDE Koondrook-Perricoota Forest Deniliquin Goolwa SOUTHAUSTRALIA VICTORIA NEW SOUTH WALES Barmah-Millewa Forest Hattah Lakes Lower Lakes, Coorong &Murray Mouth GunbowerForest Lindsay, Mulcra & Wallpolla Islands Blanchetown Mildura Swan Hill Albury-Wodonga Echuca ChowillaFloodplain

The impact of water

Explore how releases of water for the environment have combined with variable natural rainfall and river flows to change the health of the Basin waterways.  A longer term view of how natural and released water combine across the system.




Water over time