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Published: 08 July 2019   •   Media statements

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) stands by the fundamentals of the Basin Plan which is delivering real water to the environment while doing the least harm to farming communities.

More than 2000GL of water is now held for the environment and is being used to make a real difference, for example in the north to protect native fish from further fish kill events.

Every year the MDBA checks that Murray–Darling Basin water take limits are being met. The latest report finds that farmers are not taking more water than is allowed under the Basin Plan.

While direct water purchase is cheaper than investing in irrigation infrastructure, research shows it causes more social and economic harm to regional communities.

The MDBA does not have a role in administering water recovery programs. Design, operation and delivery of water recovery programs is a matter for the Federal Department of Agriculture.

The MDBA was not approached by Four Corners for interview or comment.

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