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Management policies for the Murray- Darling Basin

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Management policies for the Murray-Darling Basin. Key Knowledge and Skills. Current management policies and strategies to implement these policies The effectiveness of water-management policies and strategies in terms of current use and future sustainability. Administratively Complex. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Management policies for the Murray-Darling BasinKey Knowledge and SkillsCurrent management policies and strategies to implement these policies

The effectiveness of water-management policies and strategies in terms of current use and future sustainabilityAdministratively ComplexEnsuring equitable access for all is difficultThe basins scale variable climate and inflowsMany potential usersMany managing the resourceGovernmentsOrganisationsShared: 4 States 1 TerritoryVictoriaSouth AustraliaNSWQueenslandACTMurray Darling Basin Agreement Water is shared between Victoria, NSW and SA under this agreement

Concerns about equitable access (irrigators, domestic supply)

Recently greater recognition for policies which promote more efficient water use and the rivers environmental qualityManaging Water UsePolicies have evolved over time to manage the Basins water

Changing Social, economic, environmental and political factors have influenced the development of these policiesPolicies designed to manage the MDBSee page 68 of your text for a detailed descriptionWater StorageOne of the major policies in the basin is to provide reliable water supplies especially during dry periods.The total capacity for storage in the basin is 22 611 GL

During the drought storages held only 4840 GL (21%)Following good rains in 2011 they were 83%Government Irrigation Storages

Major water storagesDartmouth Dam (on the Mitta Mitta)Hume dam (the largest storage on the river)Lake Victoria (agreed minimum flows to SA)Menindee lakes (on the Darling River)The Living Murray initiativeBarmah-Millewa ForestGunbower and Koondrook-Perricoota forestsHattah LakesChowilla FloodplainLower Lakes, Coorong and Murray MouthMurray-River ChannelThe Living Murray sites