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

 

10 October, 2017

 

Crossbenchers must vote to maintain the purity of Sydney’s drinking water

The Nature Conservation Council is calling on crossbenchers in the NSW Legislative Council to reject amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act the government rushed through the NSW Legislative Assembly last night.

Planning and DevelopmentClimate and energyRivers and wetlandsCoal and gas

11 September 2017

 

Judicial review still required to get to the bottom of water theft in NSW

Nature Conservation Council and Inland Rivers Network have renewed calls for a federal judicial review of allegations of theft and corruption in the Murray Darling Basin following the release of the interim report into water management and compliance in NSW.

Rivers and wetlands

 

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.

 

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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