Progress towards meeting environmental needs under the Basin Plan

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On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

The Basin Plan proposes a 2750GL reduction in surface water diversions to provide additional water for the environment. The following table provides a snapshot of progress in environmental water recovery in relation to bridging the gap towards the proposed surface water SDLs.

 

Progress of Water Recovery towards 'Bridging the Gap to Surface Water SDLs as at 31 December 2015
  Sustainable Diversion Limit
Reduction Amount
Recovery Progress Remaining
Shared Zone Local Target
(GL)
Shared Target
(GL)
Total Target
(GL)
Total
Recovery
(GL)
Local recovery
remaining (GL)
Shared recovery
remaining
(GL)
Total recovery
remaining (GL)
QLD Zone 117.0     84.4 41.9    
NSW Zone 130.0     183.2 4.4    
Northern Basin Zone Total 247.0 143 390.0 267.5 46.3 76.1 122.5
NSW Zone 590.0 458 1048.0 667.7 5.8 374.5 380.3
ACT Zone 0.0 4.9 4.9 4.9 0.0 0.0 0.0
VIC Zone 627.0 425.3 1052.3 801.2 0.1 251.0 251.1
SA Zone 101.0 82.8 183.8 141.7 0.0 42.1 42.1
Southern Basin Zone Total 1318.0 971.0 2289.0 1615.6 5.8 667.6 673.4
Disconnected NSW (Lachlan) 48.0 N/A 48.0 48.0     0.0
Disconnected VIC (Wimmera / Mallee) 23.0 N/A 23.0 22.6 0.4   0.4
Total Basin 1636.0 1114 2750 1953.6 52.6 743.7 796.4

Note: All water recoveries figures are expressed in long term average annual yield (LTAAY) terms. Average annual yields are calculated using the current long-term diversion limit equivalent factors (v2.05) agreed to by Ministerial Council in November 2011.
For total water recoveries allow for minor rounding.

The following links provide more Murray-Darling Basin water recovery details.