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Measures to protect water for the environment

Water for the environment maintains and improves the health of rivers by providing water to protect plants, animals, and iconic landscapes that rely on rivers. Healthy rivers support communities and agriculture to thrive. New rules and regulations are progressively being implemented to protect this water and ensure the environment continues to benefit.

The register of measures to protect water for the environment summarises the existing Commonwealth and state laws, instruments, and policies that currently protect water for the environment across the Basin. Protecting water for the environment is critical for the ongoing health and sustainability of the Basin. Water management and regulations are different in every area of the Basin.

The register is an action from the Murray–Darling Basin Water Compliance Review and a commitment under the Murray–Darling Basin Compliance Compact. This register updates the interim version published in 2018. The register will be updated as new regulations and rules are implemented and water resource plans are accredited. The MDBA will enforce compliance with accredited water resource plans and the sustainable diversion limits.

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Register of measures to protect water for the environment - at a glance (2020)
Register of measures to protect water for the environment (2020)
Environmental water protection measures register - at a glance (2018)
Interim register of measures to protect environmental water in the Murray–Darling Basin (2018)
Updated: 13 Jul 2020  •   MDBA reports