Solutions to the conflicts (Water for Life campaign (Australia’s over…
Solutions to the conflicts
Water for Life campaign
Australia’s over-allocated river and groundwater systems receive the necessary additional water to become ecologically healthy, to restore environmental flows, and to protect high conservation value systems
The multi-media campaign, highlights the pain already suffered by Basin towns and farm-businesses at the hands of the Basin Plan - what does this mean????
Native Fish Management Strategy
The overall goal of this Strategy is to rehabilitate native fish communities in the basin to 60% of their estimated pre-European settlement levels, 50 years after implementation.
increasing the variability of river flows so that native fish recruitment increases and carp eggs are killed, harvesting carp for use as food, fertilizer and commercial products (including trapping carp in fish ladders), and biological control through the use of a virus known as Spring Viraemia which exists naturally in carp populations in Europe.
Controlling irrigation water diverted from the river
he Government’s objective has been to put the MDB back on a sustainable track, signi cantly improving the health of rivers and wetlands of the Basin, while maximising the bene ts for irrigators and the community.
Development of irrigation areas is controlled by the individual States
Powers over water and land use
Restriction of use
Amount of surface water and groundwater that can be taken from Basin water resources
rules about trading of water
Rules for irrigation infrastructure operators,
approval processes for trade of water access rights and
publish information about the trade on their website after it has been approved including the type of access right, volume and price
specify irrigation rights
Groundwater trade is not permitted unless certain conditions are met.
These rules limit potential negative impacts on groundwater resources