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.

Environmental water on the Chowilla Floodplain. Photo by Corey Brown.

Delivery organisations

Other partners 

Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, David Papps, with NSW OEH officers and landholders at Paika Lake, New South Wales.

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.

Reed Beds Swamp in Barmah–Millewa Forest after an environmental water release. Photo by David Kleinert.