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23 October 2020

Weekly River Murray report

Updates on operations, river flows, storage inflows, gauge levels, rainfall and salinity data.

Flow advice

03 March 2020

Mitta Mitta Flow Advice

Landholders and river users, including pumpers, on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into...

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The Murray–Darling Basin is the food bowl of Australia and home to many of Australia’s rivers, lakes and wetlands. Parts of the Murray–Darling Basin are prone to long periods of drought and there isn’t always enough water to go around. Water sustains the Basin’s agricultural industry, which contributes over $24 billion to the economy each year. But water isn’t just used by farmers. People everywhere need water for drinking, washing and many other things. Plants and animals in the Basin’s unique natural environments also rely on water to survive.

Making sure that water remains safe and available to all those who need it involves many different tasks, including:

  • calculating how much water is available for human consumption, the environment and industry
  • monitoring and maintaining water quality to make sure water is safe for people, plants and animals
  • delivering water to places it needs to go so that human, plant and animal needs are met
  • developing, complying with and enforcing water trading rules
  • making sure that environmental water needs are met
  • planning so that water continues to be available in the future.

These various aspects of water management is carried out by the Basin governments and Basin partners:

  • Murray–Darling Basin Authority
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
  • New South Wales Government
  • Queensland Government
  • South Australian Government
  • Victorian Government
  • Australian Capital Territory Government

Allocations, the Basin states and the MDBA

Water allocations are managed by state governments. The MDBA acts as an independent body to calculate how much water New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria are entitled to use from the River Murray system.

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MDBA’s river operations

The MDBA is responsible for operating the River Murray system. This involves delivering water to entitlement holders along the river, as well as managing water resources in times of drought and floods.

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Infrastructure that the MDBA operates

As part of managing the River Murray system, the MDBA is responsible for directing operations and maintenance of the dams, weirs, locks and other structures that are needed to store and deliver water.

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Regular reports, Murray data and storages

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