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Environmental water use

The table below is a summary of the volume of Commonwealth environmental water delivered across the Basin since 2009, and the volume contributed to these watering actions by delivery partners.

Framework for determining environmental watering actions

A long-term framework for determining Commonwealth environmental watering actions has been developed. It prioritises actions and matches them with available water. The approach was developed based on advice from the Environmental Water Scientific Advisory Panel and following consultation with stakeholders from across the Murray-Darling Basin. The comments received have informed the final framework and will be further considered as it is implemented. As we continue to develop and refine our approach, opportunity for further stakeholder input will be provided.

Commonwealth environmental water delivered as at 31 December 2014*
Catchment Complex Delivered (ML)1
Commonwealth Partner Total
Murray Barmah-Millewa Forest 1,500 500 2,000
Coorong, Lower Lakes & Murray Mouth2 854,035 104,300 958,335
Riverland Chowilla 26,339 4,461 30,800
Edward-Wakool River System 167,729 28,537

196,266

Gunbower-Koondrook-Perricoota Forests3 0 11,754 11,754
Hattah Lakes 55,766 78,453 134,218
Murray Catchment River Flows 547,377 65,728 613,105
Other Murray Catchment Sites 18,082 5,478 23,560
Murray - Total   1,670,828 299,210 1,970,038
Lower Darling Lower Darling Catchment River Flows 6,580 18,820 25,400
Other Lower Darling Catchment Sites 47,000 6,300 53,300
Lower Darling - Total   53,580 25,120 78,700
Loddon Loddon Catchment River Flows 10,381 14,775 25,156
Other Loddon Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Loddon - Total   10,381 14,775 25,156
Campaspe Campaspe Catchment River Flows 27,802 38,235 66,036
Other Campaspe Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Campaspe - Total   27,802 37,680 65,481
Goulburn-Broken Lower Goulburn River Floodplain 0 0 0
Goulburn-Broken Catchment River Flows 812,042 174,272 986,314
Other Goulburn-Broken Catchment Sites 75 0 75
Goulburn-Broken - Total   812,117 174,272 986,389
Ovens Ovens Catchment River Flows 210 4,200 4,410
Other Ovens Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Ovens - Total   210 4,200 4,410
Murrumbidgee Lower Murrumbidgee Floodplain 306,817 166,528 473,345
Mid-Murrumbidgee River Wetlands 3,000 0 3,000
Murrumbidgee Catchment River Flows 382,181 144,632 526,813
Other Murrumbidgee Catchment Sites 6,000 3,223 9,223
Murrumbidgee - Total   697,998 314,383 1,012,381
Lachlan Booligal Wetlands 10,943 3,803 14,746
Great Cumbung Swamp 0 0 0
Lachlan Swamps 73,854 15,000 88,854
Lachlan Catchment River Flows 5,000 821 5,821
Other Lachlan Catchment Sites 16,160 5,888 22,048
Lachlan - Total   105,957 25,512 131,469
Barwon-Darling Barwon-Darling Catchment River Flows 80,458 0 80,458
Other Barwon-Darling Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Barwon-Darling - Total   80,458 0 80,458
Warrego Warrego Catchment River Flows 53,502 0 53,502
Other Warrego Catchment Sites 9,720 0 9,720
Warrego - Total   63,222 0 63,222
Condamine-Balonne Lower Balonne River Floodplain System 0 0 0
Narran Lakes 0 0 0
Condamine-Balonne Catchment River Flows 87,228 0 87,228
Other Condamine-Balonne Catchment Sites 7,573 0 7,573
Condamine-Balonne - Total   94,801 0 94,801
Macquarie-Castlereagh Macquarie Marshes 177,821 464,741 642,562
Macquarie-Castlereagh Catchment River Flows 10,000 20,000 30,000
Other Macquarie-Castlereagh Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Macquarie-Castlereagh - Total   187,821 484,741 672,562
Namoi Namoi Catchment River Flows 7,728 0 7,728
Other Namoi Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Namoi - Total   7,728 0 7,728
Gwydir Gwydir Wetlands 83,131 46,622 129,753
Gwydir Catchment River Flows 25,651 0 25,651
Other Gwydir Catchment Sites 5,000 5,000 10,000
Gwydir - Total   113,782 51,622 165,404
Moonie Moonie Catchment River Flows 7,075 0 7,075
Other Moonie Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Moonie - Total   7,075 0 7,075
Paroo Paroo Catchment River Flows 0 0 0
Other Paroo Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Paroo - Total   0 0 0
Border Rivers Border Rivers Catchment River Flows 7,651 20,000 27,651
Other Border Rivers Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Border Rivers - Total   7,651 20,000 27,651
Wimmera-Avoca Wimmera River Terminal Wetlands 0 0 0
Wimmera-Avoca Catchment River Flows 0 0 0
Other Wimmera-Avoca Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Wimmera-Avoca - Total   0 0 0
Total - ALL   3,941,410 1,452,069 5,393,479
*All figures are rounded to the nearest megalitre (ML)

Notes

  1. These volumes include operational data from ongoing watering actions and are subject to routine accounting adjustments.
  2. An additional 777 gigalitres has been delivered from re-credited return flows from upstream Commonwealth watering actions undertaken in Victoria.
  3. 21 gigalitres has been delivered from re-credited return flows from upstream Commonwealth watering actions undertaken in Victoria