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Nardoo plants and River Red Gums
Nardoo plants and River Red Gums, Yanga National Park, New South Wales
Egret chicks
Egret chicks, Macquarie Marshes, New South Wales
Wilgara Wetland
Wilgara Wetland, Macquarie Marshes, New South Wales
Peron's tree frog
Peron's tree frog
Gwydir Wetlands following environmental watering
Gwydir Wetlands following environmental watering, New South Wales
Inundation of riparian vegetation in the Edward-Wakool river system
Inundation of riparian vegetation in the Edward-Wakool river system, New South Wales
Chalka Creek prior to watering
Chalka Creek prior to watering, Hattah Lakes Victoria
Chalka Creek following watering
Chalka Creek following watering, Hattah Lakes Victoria

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 suite 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.

 


Catchments of the Murray-Darling Basin including the locations of Local Engagement Officers

Map of the Murray-Darling region showing monitored sites and locations of local engagement officers