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Coordinating water for the environment

Delivering water for the environment to where it is needed, when it is needed requires collaboration across jurisdictions.
Published: 19 January 2022

Photo of spotted marsh frog. photo source: P Brown
Water for the environment helps maintain habitats for creatures including the spotted marsh frog, this one was photographed at Reedy Lagoon, Gunbower Island, photo source: P Brown

The Southern Connected Basin Environmental Watering Committee (SCBEWC) coordinates the delivery of water for the environment in the River Murray System across multiple environmental water holders and jurisdictions.

The recent release of the Committee’s annual report details highlights for the 2020–21 year including:

  • Improved inflows to many river systems compared to the previous 3 years but many floodplains remain stressed.
  • Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations joined SCBEWC to strengthen links to First Nations.
  • 34 coordinated watering events between water holders.

Read more about the achievements of SCBEWC and plans for the future in the 2020–21 annual report.

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