Rivers and wetlands

Our rivers and wetlands are under critical stress due to a long history of catchment degradation and unsustainable water extraction.

Arresting the decline

Over the past century, the Murray Darling Basin has experienced a dramatic decline in wetlands, waterbirds and native fish populations, due to a massive increase in the volume of water extracted for irrigation.

In response to these threats, we have provided a vital voice for nature in water policy processes at the state and federal level. We played a key role in the passage of the Water Management Act 2000, contributed to the development of water management plans across New South Wales and continue to play an active role in water policy processes.

Inland Rivers Network

We are a founding member of the Inland Rivers Network, a coalition of environment groups and individuals concerned about the degradation of the rivers, wetlands and ground waters of the Murray-Darling Basin. IRN has been advocating on behalf of the native fish, water birds and water dependent ecosystems in the Murray-Darling Basin since 1991.

 

Latest news

 

22 November, 2016

 

Murray-Darling Basin Plan doomed for wildlife and communities

Key environment groups in NSW condemn the recommendation of the Northern Basin Review to reduce environmental flows by 70GL, calling on the Turnbull Government to reject the findings. A reduction in water flows is a backward step that jeopardises the environmental health of the Murray-Darling wetlands, birds, fish and downstream communities.

Rivers and wetlands

 

Resources

 

Water for Wetlands is Water for Life (2009)

Report on the state of the state's rivers wetlands and rivers.

 
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