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Mundarlo Bridge, Murrumbidgee NSW
Wilgara Wetland
Wilgara Wetland, Macquarie Marshes, New South Wales
Agricultural industry in the Southern Basin
Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder David Papps with officers from NSW Office of Environment and Herritage, Paika Lake
Environmental Monitoring in Reedy Lagoon, Gunbower Vic
River Red Gums lining a billabong on the Lachlan River near Forbes, NSW
The Morgan-Whyalla Pipeline, Murray River, Morgan SA
Murray River, Barmah Forest, VIC

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Office supports the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to plan, manage and monitor a large portfolio of water for the benefit of the environment.

The role of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder was established under the Water Act 2007 (the Act) as part of a suite of national water reforms introduced by the Australian government to protect and restore the rivers, wetlands and floodplains of the Murray-Darling Basin. The Act requires the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to perform its functions in a manner that gives effect to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

In addition to environmental water management, the Office also oversees aquatic ecosystems research and projects to improve water quality and ecological health of iconic wetland assets across the Basin. The Office is also the administrative authority within Australia for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Plans for 2015-16 now available

Front cover of planning approach document

Information about our plans for ten areas across the Murray-Darling Basin and our approach to multi-year portfolio management planning (which considers water delivery, trade and carryover across the Basin) is available at Publications and resources.