Water managment

Murray-Darling plan doomed to fail unless more water earmarked for conservation: scientists

26 June 2017

Posted 26 June 2017

There has been no overall improvement in the health of Australia’s biggest river system after five years of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP), scientists say.

Without substantial changes, the MDBP will fail,” warns a report due out today from the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

“Scientists like myself have a responsibility to provide politicians with advice on what a certain volume of water will and won’t do,” lead author Jamie Pittock told AM.

“The sort of volumes of water that are [currently] available won’t deliver the conservation of some of those key environmental assets they said the plan was about.”

The MDBP is a historic, bipartisan agreement about how to use the water that flows down the river system.

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