Submission on proposed changes to sustainable diversion limits in the Murray-Darling Basin

Submission on proposed changes to sustainable diversion limits in the Murray-Darling Basin

The Murray‐Darling Basin Authority has proposed to reduce water recovery in the northern Murray‐Darling Basin by 390 gigalitres (GL) a year to 320GL a year on a long‐term average basis, provided that Australian, New South Wales and Queensland governments commit to a range of measures that improve water management. The Authority has also proposed to increase the sustainable diversion limits (SDLs) for three groundwater areas in various locations within the Murray‐Darling Basin by a total of 160GL, and make a number of changes to the way groundwater is managed under the Basin Plan. In February 2017 the Wentworth Group made a submission to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in light of the proposed changes and the environmental, social and economic future of the Basin as a whole.

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Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists