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Reviewing the scientific basis of environmental water requirements in the Condamine - Balonne and Barwon – Darling: Final Technical Report

The Water Act 2007 required the MDBA to prepare a strategic plan for the integrated and sustainable management of Basin water resources: the Basin Plan (Commonwealth of Australia 2012). One of the central components of the Basin Plan is to establish long-term average sustainable diversion limits (SDLs) that reflect an environmentally sustainable level of water use (or 'take'). An environmentally sustainable level of take (ESLT) is the amount of water that can be taken for consumptive uses while ensuring there is enough water to achieve healthy aquatic ecosystems. In terms of SDLs and ESLT, two zones were established in the Basin Plan: the southern Basin zone and the northern Basin zone. The northern Basin zone comprises all rivers and catchments of the Darling River upstream of Menindee Lakes on the Darling River, covering an area of approximately 640,000 square kilometres.

Author: Sheldon F, Balcombe S, Capon S, Hale J

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Updated: 30 Oct 2015  •   Independent reports