Basin-wide environmental watering strategy 2019

A large river red gum tree surrounded by Little Rushy Swamp in flood in Victoria.

Background

The Basin-wide environmental watering strategy (the Strategy) is the long-term plan to provide water for the environment in the Basin.

The Strategy is one element in the planning process—other important parts include long-term environmental watering plans and water resource plans which Basin states prepare and implement for each region or catchment, and annual watering priorities for the Basin and for catchments.

It sets out the improvements that we expect to see for river flows and connectivity, native vegetation, waterbirds and native fish with the water being recovered for the Basin environment and other measures to improve flows in the river system.

We published the first Strategy in 2014 and recently reviewed it. The review gathered the views of primary users of the strategy, internal and external to the MBDA as well as key stakeholders.

We used this feedback to develop the draft Basin-wide environmental watering strategy 2019, which we released for public input.

We received submissions from peak environment, science and irrigation groups, catchment management groups, other advocacy groups, First Nations groups, and individuals. Submissions not otherwise identified as confidential are published on this site.

We have included information on what we heard and how we responded in the updated Strategy.


Find more information

Visit our publications webpage to read the:

  • General overview - update of the Basin-wide environmental watering strategy
  • Review of the first Basin-wide environmental watering strategy
  • Draft Basin-wide environmental watering strategy (second edition, 2019).

Or check out our FAQs.

Get involved

Submissions have now closed.


Background

The Basin-wide environmental watering strategy (the Strategy) is the long-term plan to provide water for the environment in the Basin.

The Strategy is one element in the planning process—other important parts include long-term environmental watering plans and water resource plans which Basin states prepare and implement for each region or catchment, and annual watering priorities for the Basin and for catchments.

It sets out the improvements that we expect to see for river flows and connectivity, native vegetation, waterbirds and native fish with the water being recovered for the Basin environment and other measures to improve flows in the river system.

We published the first Strategy in 2014 and recently reviewed it. The review gathered the views of primary users of the strategy, internal and external to the MBDA as well as key stakeholders.

We used this feedback to develop the draft Basin-wide environmental watering strategy 2019, which we released for public input.

We received submissions from peak environment, science and irrigation groups, catchment management groups, other advocacy groups, First Nations groups, and individuals. Submissions not otherwise identified as confidential are published on this site.

We have included information on what we heard and how we responded in the updated Strategy.


Find more information

Visit our publications webpage to read the:

  • General overview - update of the Basin-wide environmental watering strategy
  • Review of the first Basin-wide environmental watering strategy
  • Draft Basin-wide environmental watering strategy (second edition, 2019).

Or check out our FAQs.

Get involved

Submissions have now closed.