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.

 

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Resources

 

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.

 

Water for Wetlands is Water for Life (2009)

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

 
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