Strategy to unblock
A draft strategy that proposes what work needs to be done over the coming years on river constraints in the Murray–Darling Basin will be released for public comment next month.
M-D Basin rivers
Executive Director of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), Jody Swirepik said river constraints could be physical structures or river management rules and practices that were now limiting how effectively environmental water could be delivered.
Ms Swirepik said the strategy, required under the Basin Plan, was the first step in a larger body of complex work that would take some years to complete.
"It's long been recognised that over the past century, the structures we've built in the Basin and the rules and practices we've adopted don't allow us to get the best use from our environmental water," Ms Swirepik said.
"In some parts of the basin, we can't deliver environmental water at the times and places we most need it.”
She said that in some cases, the rules to support and account for environmental water delivery simply did not exist because it was a practice that had emerged only over the past 10 years or so.
Ms Swirepik said the MDBA was seeking feedback from interested people on how the constraints work should be rolled out over the next few years and what some of that work would involve.
“This is a high-level strategy, which mainly focuses on constraints in the southern Basin, and will guide future work by the MDBA and the Basin Governments. It is due to be finalised towards the end of the year,” she said.
The draft strategy will be available on the MDBA website for public comment from 9 to 30 of October.
MDBA staff will also be meeting people in some communities to provide an update on implementation activities and to discuss the draft strategy.
Edition 381, 1 October 2013 2013