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Six years of extreme drought have placed additional pressure on already stressed ecosystems. Despite record low inflows, the MDBC has focused on achieving tangible outcomes from its natural resource management programs.

These outcomes, including recovering and strategically drawing on environmental water, maintaining the Cap on consumptive extractions, managing salinity impacts, implementing measures for permanent interstate water trade and improving fish passage in the river system, have helped manage the impact on the environment of this record drought. A crucial component of each successful measure has been the collaboration between ecologists, river operators, and policy makers, and between jurisdictions.

As we move forward, the Sustainable Rivers Audit and the Integrated Basin Reporting framework will provide the information to underpin all MDBC programs with robust environmental monitoring and reporting and guide future decision making.