Climate variability and change Water management must be adaptive to the uncertain effects of climate variability and change.
Thankfully, in the months since the Four Corners report there have been signs of progress. One potential solution to overreliance on compromised agencies would be to enable members of the public more power to litigate their interests against alleged water thieves. Bookmark the permalink. The question is what form that change should take? Groundwater We work together with the states to manage the Basin's groundwater resources.
This evidence that a top NSW water manager was offering special access and information to the industry his office is responsible for regulating underscored the perception of a rigged system.
On top of the diluted policy and compliance failures, lax enforcement also featured prominently in the Four Corners story. Lesson packages Concise, curriculum-linked lesson materials to help explain the complex science of the Murray—Darling Basin Apps Explore the challenges of the Murray-Darling Basin through our free apps Resources Access other water education information and resources, suitable for use by both students and teachers. In the northern regions the majority of floods occur in the summer from monsoonal penetration. These waters are divided into four types:  The Darling and Lachlan basins. In Queensland, police raided a large irrigation operation accused of misappropriating government infrastructure funding.
Do business with us to help your organisation thrive We partner with small and large companies, government and industry in Australia and around the world. The two principal rivers of the basin, the Murray and Darling, bring water from the high ranges of the east and carry it west then south through long flat and dry inland areas,  often resulting in alluvial channel wetlands, such as The Great Cumbung Swamp , at the terminus of the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee Rivers. River Murray system River Murray data Our online interactive map about water levels, flows, salinity and water temperature. The impact The research has provided governments, industry and communities with trusted information to guide future resource planning, management and investment in the Basin. The Finniss River has permanent flow into Lake Alexandrina but was cut off by a weir for several years of drought in the early 21st century. Despite the magnitude of the basin, the hydrology of the streams within it is quite varied.
Australian taxpayers spent over thirteen billion dollars AUD to purchase water rights from license holders and reserve that water to restore healthy environmental flows. Although the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is a national initiative, state governments retain much of the authority for implementing policy within their borders with local pumping regulations. Northern Basin projects The northern Basin is a complex network of people and places, industries and organisations with many and varied needs. Thankfully, in the months since the Four Corners report there have been signs of progress. These catchments lead to Lake Alexandrina, one of the lakes at the end of the Murray system. This research was the first of its kind in the world.
Large-scale consolidation of irrigation operations and the influence lobbying has had on water policy have contributed to a public perception that the big players have rigged the system against the interests of small stock growers and rural communities. Unfortunately, this state-by-state approach has lent itself to cross border conflicts of interest , with state governments pointing fingers and shifting blame despite widespread problems and shared consequences.