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- Basin-wide environmental watering strategy
- Basin annual environmental watering priorities
- Delivering environmental water
- Progress on water recovery
Delivering environmental water
The Australian Government recovers water for the environment through either improvements in irrigation infrastructure or water buybacks. The MDBA provides guidance on environmental watering priorities, and the Environmental Water Holders manage the portfolio of environmental water for the benefit of the environment.
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Office and state water holders make water available and deliver water together with river operators, managers, non-government organisations and their local delivery partners.
- the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office manages the Australian Government’s environmental water portfolio, guided by the Basin-wide environmental watering strategy and annual watering priorities
- the MDBA on behalf of The Living Murray program
- the Victorian Environmental Water Holder is an independent statutory body responsible for managing Victoria's environmental water entitlements, including a dedicated water account for the Barmah–Millewa Forest
- the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW OEH) purchases water for the benefit of targeted wetlands and river systems
- the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources works with the MDBA and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office to manage environmental water for the benefit of South Australia, including Chowilla and the Lower Lakes, Coorong and the Murray Mouth
- non-government organisations, including groups from cross-border alliances who provide expert advice on environmental water use (such as Murray–Darling Wetlands Working Group). The Commonwealth Environmental Water Office also has agreements with some groups (such as the Nature Foundation of South Australia Inc.) to manage small parcels of Australian Government holdings for environmental projects, often in partnership with local landowners, irrigators or community groups.
- River operators
- New South Wales Local Land Services
- Victorian catchment management authorities
- South Australian Murray–Darling Basin Natural Resource Management
- Queensland Natural Resources Management groups.
Cross border collaboration
Over recent years the total volume of environmental water available in the southern connected Basin has increased. To make the most of the delivery of environmental water, the Southern Connected Basin Environmental Watering Committee was established. This committee comprises Basin state and Australian Government environmental water holders, those who manage planned environmental water and key river operators.
This group helps to ensure that environmental watering is coordinated, between water holders and river operators, to maximise environmental outcomes in the southern-connected Basin.