Water managment, water markets

Water buybacks set to go in southern Basin Plan adjustment

4 October 2017

Colin Bettles
The Land
4 Oct 2017, 9:17 a.m.

UNPOPULAR water buybacks are set to be removed from the agenda in the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has released its long awaited report on the package of 36 sustainable diversion limit adjustment projects proposed by Basin State governments.

These are the so-called ‘downwater’ river flow efficiency projects which must be handed to federal Water Minister Barnaby Joyce who has until December 15 to accept, or reject the package.

MDBA executive director environmental management Carl Binning said the projects would return enough water, 605 gigaltires in total, to make further direct recovery through buybacks unnecessary.

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