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


2 August 2017


More evidence that the Nationals can’t be trusted to manage water

Premier Berejikilian must remove National Party MPs from natural resource portfolios after it was revealed that Nationals Ministers have tried to push through changes to water-sharing plans that would benefit big party donors.

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9 August, 2017


Save our rivers - take water from the Nationals

Farmers and conservationists rallied outside NSW Parliament on Thursday, August 10, demanding a full judicial review into the mismanagement of water in the Murray-Darling system and the removal of the water portfolios from the National Party in NSW and nationally.

Rivers and wetlands

25 July, 2017


Berejiklian must remove Nationals from resource portfolios and order an ICAC inquiry

The Nature Conservation Council and Inland Rivers Network are calling on Premier Glady Berejikilian to remove National Party MPs from natural resources portfolios and refer the issues raised in last night’s Four Corners report to the ICAC for investigation.

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Paradise lost: The weakening and widening of biodiversity offsetting in NSW, 2005-2016

This is a report on the biodiversity offsets schemes in NSW since 2005.


Our Environment, Our Future: Policies for the 2015 NSW election and beyond

This document details the environment movement's top policy asks for the 2015 NSW election.


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