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Basin environmental watering outlook

The outlook for water for the environment (realised annually) describes seasonal and ecosystem conditions and provides an early indication of the likely watering priorities for each year.

 

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Basin environmental watering outlook 2018 ̶ 19

This year’s outlook describes seasonal and ecosystem conditions and provides an early indication of the likely watering priorities from 2018 ̶ 19.

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority is anticipating conditions in 2018-19 to range from very dry to wet in different catchments but with a common drying trend.

In 2018 ̶ 19, the results for the environment will be achieved by continuing to build on the benefits of the naturally high flows in 2016 and follow up flows in 2017 in some catchments. In drier catchments opportunities to deliver water for the environment will most likely focus on in-channel events, areas of the floodplains close to the main rivers, providing drought refugee and supporting critical habitats and ecological processes.

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Basin environmental watering outlook 2017 ̶ 18

This year’s outlook describes seasonal and ecosystem conditions and provides an early indication of the likely watering priorities from 2017-18.

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority is anticipating wet conditions in early 2017-18, noting that this may change as the year progresses and is trending towards moderate to dry in parts of the northern Basin.

The focus of environmental watering will be to consolidate the benefits of high flows in 2016 and build resilience of ecosystems ahead of the next, inevitable dry period.

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Basin environmental watering outlook for 2016–17

This year's outlook describes seasonal and ecosystem conditions and provides an early indication of the likely watering priorities. The Murray–Darling Basin Authority is planning for dry to very dry conditions in 2016–17. The focus of environmental watering will be to limit decline, particularly in critical habitat and species.

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Basin environmental watering outlook 2015-16

This outlook describes past seasonal conditions, presents the forecasted rainfall and temperature from April to June 2015, and includes information on the volume of water held in storages. It also reflects on some environmental watering that has occurred over the past two years.

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Basin environmental watering outlook for 2014-15

Before the start of each water year (July to June) the MDBA publishes an outlook for environmental watering. This sets out opportunities to achieve good outcomes for the Basin’s environment; and starts the consultation and collaboration process to develop environmental watering priorities for the coming year. The outlook also includes a snapshot of recent past and future forecast climate for the Basin, the available held environmental water, and achievements over the preceding year.

Published: 05 Apr 2018  •   MDBA reports