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Helping keep our rivers, wetlands and floodplains healthy

Using Commonwealth water for the environment to protect and restore the Murray–Darling Basin

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To help us manage Commonwealth water for the environment, we follow an annual water management cycle.

We deliver water for the environment where and when plants and animals need it most.

The Water Management Plan 2023-24 informs how we make decisions on where and when to deliver water.

16,000+ GL of Commonwealth environmental water delivered since 2009

26,000 kms of waterways supported with water for the environment

420,000 hectares of lakes, wetlands, estuaries and floodplains inundated

Water by region

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The Border Rivers and Moonie Valleys are located in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.

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The Condamine–Balonne Valley is one of the largest catchments in the Murray–Darling Basin covering the north-eastern corner of the Basin.

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The Gwydir Valley is in north-eastern New South Wales and centres around the Gwydir River.

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The Lachlan Valley is in central western New South Wales and centres around the Lachlan River.

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The lower Darling / Baaka river region is downstream from the Menindee lakes and through to the River Murray. It includes the lower Darling / Baaka River and the Great Darling Anabranch.

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The Macquarie Valley is in central western New South Wales and centres around the Castlereagh, Macquarie and Bogan River valleys.

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The Murrumbidgee River Valley covers 84,000 square kilometres of southern New South Wales.

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The Namoi River Valley is in north-eastern New South Wales and centres around the Namoi, Manilla and Peel rivers.

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The River Murray Valley extends from near Mount Kosciuszko to the Southern Ocean at Goolwa, in South Australia.

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The Victorian rivers includes the Ovens, Goulburn-Broken, Loddon, Wimmera and Campaspe catchments.

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The Warrego and Barwon–Darling valleys lie in the Murray–Darling Basin's north.