About this document
This year, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office has changed the way it publishes its planning documentation. The annual Portfolio Management Planning: Approach to planning for the use, carryover and trade of Commonwealth environmental water document and eleven catchment-based portfolio management plans have been replaced by one, new, Water Management Plan.
The new Water Management Plan is one document comprising:
- An introductory chapter on how we plan and make decisions to use water for the environment.
- A chapter on managing our water holdings in the Murray-Darling Basin in 2020-21. This chapter discusses projected environmental demands, water availability and delivery, as well as plans for carryover, transfers, and trade.
- A chapter comprised of 12 valley-scale sub-chapters detailing catchment-specific environmental objectives, recent conditions, supply, demand, priorities and monitoring outcomes/lessons learned.
As in previous years, this document will inform decisions made by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder on how to best use the available water to benefit the environment of the Murray–Darling Basin.