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Independent reviews of proposed New South Wales Baseline Diversion Limits for Floodplain Harvesting

In 2012 the Basin Plan listed estimates of the average annual volumes of floodplain harvesting as components of the baseline diversion limit (BDL) in some northern Basin sustainable diversion limite (SDL) resource units. The New South Wales ‘Healthy Floodplains Project’ includes work to enable calculation of re-estimates of BDLs associated with floodplain harvesting in these northern New South Wales SDL resource units. These volumes will contribute to re-estimates of the total BDLs for all forms of take.

The BDL re-estimates are proposed by New South Wales through water resource plans. While these water resource plans are being drafted, the MDBA has commissioned independent reviews of the re-estimates associated with floodplain harvesting to provide input to the Authority assessment of the plans for accreditation.

The first review of the BDL re-estimates associated with floodplain harvesting is for the New South Wales Border Rivers and the Gwydir SDL resource units. Further reviews for the Barwon–Darling Watercourse, Macquarie–Castlereagh, and Namoi SDL resource units will be provided when the data are available, and the reviews completed.

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Independent reviews of proposed New South Wales Baseline Diversion Limits for Floodplain Harvesting – New South Wales Border Rivers and the Gwydir SDL