Basin Plan

Drought a true test for Basin Plan and commitment to environment

28 August 2018

Phillip Glyde, MDBA
28 August 2018

Drought is a testing time for the environment—just as it is for farmers and regional communities.

The Murray–Darling Basin Plan’s job is to share water fairly so farmers, communities and the environment can better manage the inevitable challenges Australia’s variable climate throws at them.

It means that water for the environment is now held outside of the pool of water available to irrigation farmers through the water market.

Water is an owned commodity—just like land.

There is a widespread assumption that water flowing in the rivers, or stored in the dams, is for the environment. In fact, most of the available water stored in dams right now is owned by irrigators. Environmental water entitlements account for roughly eight per cent of water in New South Wales’s Murray–Darling Basin storages and about 13 per cent in Victoria.

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