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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 30 April 2015*
Catchment Complex Delivered (ML)1
Commonwealth Partner Total
Murray Barmah-Millewa Forest 1,500 500 2,000
Coorong, Lower Lakes & Murray Mouth2 1,029,035 104,300 1,133,335
Riverland Chowilla 26,372 4,461 30,833
Edward-Wakool River System 170,771 28,537 199,308
Gunbower-Koondrook-Perricoota Forests3 0 11,754 11,754
Hattah Lakes 57,396 78,453 135,849
Murray Catchment River Flows 601,700 65,728 667,428
Other Murray Catchment Sites 21,763 5,478 27,241
Murray - Total   1,908,536 299,210 2,207,746
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 16,642 27,023
Other Loddon Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Loddon - Total   10,381 16,642 27,023
Campaspe Campaspe Catchment River Flows 27,802 38,235 66,037
Other Campaspe Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Campaspe - Total   27,802 38,235 66,037
Goulburn-Broken Lower Goulburn River Floodplain 0 0 0
Goulburn-Broken Catchment River Flows 868,269 174,272 1,042,541
Other Goulburn-Broken Catchment Sites 75 0 75
Goulburn-Broken - Total   868,344 174,272 1,042,616
Ovens Ovens Catchment River Flows 280 4,200 4,480
Other Ovens Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Ovens - Total   280 4,200 4,480
Murrumbidgee Lower Murrumbidgee Floodplain 362,369 170,628 532,997
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   753,550 318,483 1,072,033
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 81,781 0 81,781
Other Barwon-Darling Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Barwon-Darling - Total   81,781 0 81,781
Warrego Warrego Catchment River Flows 55,414 0 55,414
Other Warrego Catchment Sites 9,720 0 9,720
Warrego - Total   65,134 0 65,134
Condamine-Balonne Lower Balonne River Floodplain System 0 0 0
Narran Lakes 0 0 0
Condamine-Balonne Catchment River Flows 103,467 0 103,467
Other Condamine-Balonne Catchment Sites 7,573 0 7,573
Condamine-Balonne - Total   111,040 0 111,040
Macquarie-Castlereagh Macquarie Marshes 177,821 464,741 642,562
Macquarie-Castlereagh Catchment River Flows 10,000 18,494 28,494
Other Macquarie-Castlereagh Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Macquarie-Castlereagh - Total   187,821 483,235 671,056
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 96,638 49,768 146,406
Gwydir Catchment River Flows 29,307 0 29,307
Other Gwydir Catchment Sites 5,000 5,000 10,000
Gwydir - Total   130,945 54,768 185,713
Moonie Moonie Catchment River Flows 8,490 0 8,490
Other Moonie Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Moonie - Total   8,490 0 8,490
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 9,402 20,000 29,402
Other Border Rivers Catchment Sites 0 0 0
Border Rivers - Total   9,402 20,000 29,402
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   4,330,769 1,459,677 5,790,446
*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 796 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