Waterfind speakers at Department for Environment and Water sessions

A series of information sessions this month will provide irrigators with the latest information on water availability, outlooks, and allocation planning.

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A series of public meetings are taking place, from the Riverland to Langhorne Creek, throughout March 2019 hosted by local industry bodies, where you can:

  • hear from Department for Environment and Water (DEW) staff about water availability and outlook, and how it compares to the Millennium Drought, as well as water allocation planning
  • learn about changes to private carry over and improvements to the water allocation announcements process
  • get the latest information from AITHER Water Markets about managing risk through the water market.

Short presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, facilitated by local industry representatives to answer your questions. There will also be the opportunity to speak with representatives from the irrigation industry, water brokers, PIRSA and DEW if you have any further questions.

These information sessions are part of the South Australian Government’s commitment to provide more timely information for River Murray irrigators so they can better prepare for the season ahead.

Session details

Renmark – Wednesday 13 March 1 pm
Renmark Club
160 Murray Ave

Host organisation: Renmark Irrigation Trust

Facilitator: Peter Duggin, Presiding Member Renmark Irrigation Trust
Dan Jordan – Director Water Policy, Department for Environment and Water
Jarrod Eaton – Manager Water Operations, Department for Environment and Water
Tom Rooney – CEO, Waterfind
Chris Olszak – Director, AITHER Water Markets

Barmera – Wednesday 13 March 5 pm
Barmera Club
Dean Drive

Host organisation: Central Irrigation Trust

Facilitator: Gavin McMahon, CEO Central Irrigation Trust
Dan Jordan – Director Water Policy, Department for Environment and Water
Jarrod Eaton – Manager Water Operations, Department for Environment and Water
Tom Rooney – CEO, Waterfind
Chris Olszak – Director, AITHER Water Markets

Waikerie – Thursday 14 March 8 am
Ramco Football Club
Ramco Rd

Host organisation: Citrus Growers of SA Inc.

Facilitator: Mark Doecke, Citrus Growers of SA
Dan Jordan – Director Water Policy, Department for Environment and Water
Jarrod Eaton – Manager Water Operations, Department for Environment and Water
Tom Rooney – CEO Waterfind
Chris Olszak – Director AITHER Water Markets

Loxton – Thursday 14 March 12.30 pm
Loxton Research Centre
Bookpurnong Rd

Host organisation: Riverland Wine

Facilitator: Chris Byrne, Executive Chair Riverland Wine
Dan Jordan – Director Water Policy, Department for Environment and Water
Jarrod Eaton – Manager Water Operations, Department for Environment and Water
Tom Rooney – CEO Waterfind
Chris Olszak – Director AITHER Water Markets
Sheridan Alm – Riverland Grape Growers

Murray Bridge – Monday 18 March 10.30 am
Murray Bridge Golf Course
Ritter St

Host organisation: South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association

Facilitator: Hon. Dean Brown AO
Dan Jordan – Director Water Policy, Department for Environment and Water
Jarrod Eaton – Manager Water Operations, Department for Environment and Water
Stuart Peevor – Director Market Regulation, Waterfind
Warren Jacobs – South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association
Kai Wakerman Powell – AITHER Water Markets

Langhorne Creek – Monday 18 March 2 pm
The Langhorne Creek Hub
79 Bridge Rd

Host organisation: Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine

Facilitator: Emily Jenke, CEO Democracy Co
Dan Jordan – Director Water Policy, Department for Environment and Water
Jarrod Eaton – Manager Water Operations, Department for Environment and Water
Stuart Peevor – Director Market Regulation, Waterfind
Lian Jaensch – Executive Officer, Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine
Kai Wakerman Powell – Senior Consultant, AITHER Water Markets

RSVP to your local host or to Peta Brettig, Senior Project Officer River Murray WAP on 8463 6877 or
rmwap.feedback@sa.gov.au.

Source: DEW 2019-03

Murray-Darling Basin could be missing billions of litres of water

Hundreds of billions of litres of water meant to boost flow is missing from the Murray-Darling Basin, according to a new report.

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An Australian National University (ANU) study claimed the Federal Government had grossly exaggerated the amount of water being returned to the system via water savings.

The recovered water was meant to boost environmental flows.

Co-author Professor John Williams said the lack of water may be a contributing factor in ecological issues affecting the river.

“The Government thinks we’ve returned more water to the Murray-Darling than in fact we have,” Professor Williams said.

But the Government is standing by its figures and irrigators have rejected the new findings.

The article published in the Australasian Journal of Water Resources today said $3.5 billion of taxpayer money had been spent on infrastructure subsidies to increase irrigation efficiency across the basin.

And the Government estimated that some 700 gigalitres (700 billion litres) of water had been recovered as a result.

New figures cast doubt over official water saving estimates

The study produced dramatic new calculations suggesting that stream flows had increased by as little as 70 gigalitres, just one-tenth of the official estimate.

“It means that we’ve spent a lot of money on water use efficiency and have not got the flows back in the river that we need,” Professor Williams said.

Co-author Professor Quentin Grafton said no-one was measuring how much water was being recovered by the multi-million-dollar irrigation efficiency program.

“You’ve got a Murray-Darling Basin Authority making claims that there’s all this increase in stream flows yet they actually haven’t done the work that’s necessary to work to find that out,” Professor Grafton said.

Chief executive of the National Irrigators Council Steve Whan was critical of the findings.

“Their version of the water that has been recovered is quite different to other academics,” Mr Whan said.

The authors of the study said they used the small number of farm level measurements that were available to produce the calculations.

They produced a range of estimates of how much water had been recovered from infrastructure efficiency measures, and 70 gigalitres was a “mid-point” figure.

It found that the Government’s estimates of increased stream flows may be out by 630 gigalitres, possibly more.

“We’ve gone through an international peer review process, a rigorous and robust peer review process.”

‘Like throwing money out the window’

Professor Grafton said the cost of the water recovered via efficiency measures was potentially 25 times more than simply buying it back from willing sellers.

“That’s like throwing money out the window basically,” Professor Grafton said.

“Not only in terms of the outcomes of the basin, but in terms tax dollars that had basically been wasted.”

He said the research suggested the problems facing the Murray-Darling river system were greater than previously thought.

“That’s what our paper says. It’s much worse than we thought, not a little bit worse, much worse than we thought.”

The study authors are calling on the Government to stop water infrastructure efficiency subsidies until a proper water accounting system was in place in the basin.

‘Pushing an agenda’

Mr Whan said the authors were pushing an agenda.

“There’s always people who want to criticise and say that more water should just be purchased from irrigators,” he said.

“That’s an agenda that we’re seeing many people pushing but it’s one that hurts country communities.”

Mr Whan also questioned the study’s methodology.

“It is very hard to accept a single formula for the whole basin which doesn’t take into account the different types of efficiency projects,” Mr Whan said.

“I certainly acknowledge they’ve tried to look at different issues like connectivity and where water goes but they don’t differentiate between types of efficiency programs.”

Mr Whan said the study ignored the fact that buying water back outright could damage Murray-Darling Basin communities and that irrigation efficiencies were an important alternative.

“Efficiency projects are far better for communities,” he said.

“You can continue a level of production rather than just taking water out of production and losing the jobs that go with it and the flow on benefits that go with it.”

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority commissioned Melbourne University researchers to investigate water efficiency projects and those findings, released in October, backed the Government.

Government defends Murray-Darling Basin Authority

In a statement, the Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud defended official estimates of how much water had been recovered through infrastructure efficiency programs.

“In October last year an independent panel of experts led by the University of Melbourne confirmed in a peer-reviewed study the MDBA was indeed delivering water it claims to be,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Professors Grafton and Williams were invited to participate but declined.

But the authors of today’s paper claimed the Government’s report wasn’t properly peer-reviewed and the figures did not stack up.

The ABC contacted one of the Melbourne University co-authors who refused a request for an interview and a comment.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority also responded with a statement.

It said the basin plan was adaptive and designed to change as new information came to hand and it would be monitoring any effects of future changes in return flows and would adjust things as required.

It said that while it would be cheaper to acquire water through purchase, it was important to remember that the plan was about securing the future of not only the basin ecosystem but also the communities that depended on the basin for their livelihoods and wellbeing.

Source: ABC News 2019-03

The Australian almond industry and the price of water

Current drought conditions and high water prices have focused attention on expanding horticultural industries such as almonds, citrus and grapes.

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Over the past decade, almonds have been the clear leader in terms of value generated per megalitre of water applied to the crop. This has resulted in the increased investment in almond production just as it has for citrus and table grapes, that have also found profitable markets for their produce in recent years.

 

The separation of water entitlements from land and the creation of the water market has seen and will continue to see a concentration o f water use on profitable high-value crops.

This is heightened during periods of drought when high-value crops can continue to purchase water at higher prices.

Higher water process is a reality, and farmers need to be in profitable industries to survive and thrive. The almond industry has strong marketing fundamentals. The large increases in global supply in the last decade have been sold at viable prices.

The strong growth in demand has driven an upward trend in prices despite the increasing production in recent years. The large investment in market development, predominantly in the US, underpins this growth.

The stronger the farmgate returns, the better the industry is placed to secure limited resources such as water and labour, and to invest in technologies to improve yield and input efficiencies.

The estimated farmgate value of the 2019 Australian almond crop is expected to be $750,000,000 and will move toward $1 billion in the next 5 years.

Almonds and other profitable industries bring wealth to the communities in which they are located, which in turn attracts health services, education facilities and professionals.

These are some of the reasons why Griffith, Mildura and other Riverland towns are regional centres for professional, retail and government services.

Local businesses continue to benefit from the provision of inputs during the orchard development phase that costs around $75,000 per hectare to establish.

The investment in orchards planted between 2016 and 2018 injected over half a million dollars into the Australian economy, much of this into the river communities during a period of drought recovery.

Studies n the almond industry have shown six people are employed for every $1,000,000of industry value. This implies that nearly 4,000 people are employed, directly or indirectly, as a result of the almond industry in Australia.

During the ten year drought, the water market enabled many unprofitable growers to exit the industry with payouts from their water entitlements. Others traded their permanent water entitlements and became reliant on the temporary water market.

Those that retained or purchased water hold a valuable asset and water strategies have become an integral part of horticultural business plans.

If the low inflows into water storages continue and water prices remain high, there will be a raising level of concern about expanding industries and water intensive industries.

Throughout all this, almonds continue to prove that appropriate allocations of water across the industry is an efficient use of this precious resource.

Source: Australian Almonds 2019-03

ABARES releases Water Market Outlook

ABARES have released their latest water market outlook which focuses on prices for water allocations within the southern Murray-Darling Basin (sMDB).

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The ABARES outlook includes a brief summary of market conditions prevailing in 2018–19 is provided along with an outlook for 2019–20.

Three representative scenarios are developed for 2019–20: dry, average and wet, each involving assumptions for future allocation percentages, rainfall and commodity prices.

While the scenarios draw on state government allocation outlooks, a number of additional assumptions are also made by ABARES. The ABARES Water Trade model is used to simulate potential 2019-20 water allocation prices for these three scenarios.

At this stage of the year much uncertainty remains over allocations for 2019–20: conditions better or worse than those assumed—and water prices higher or lower than those estimated—remain a possibility.

Prices have been high in 2018–19, but understandable given the conditions

Drought conditions in NSW have contributed to low supply and high prices for water allocations during 2018–19.

For the southern basin as a whole, 2018–19 has seen the lowest water allocation levels since 2009–10, along with severe low rainfall and high temperatures.

Dry conditions in 2019–20 would increase prices, but a repeat of prices during the Millennium drought is unlikely

Despite the dry conditions, storage volumes are in a better state now than at this time in 2016, with good storage reserves in Victoria in particular.

Under the dry scenario water availability would fall in 2019–20 but still remain above the levels observed during the worst of the Millennium drought (2007 to 2009).

Under this scenario, an average annual water price of $473/ML is estimated (for the Murray trading zones).

Murrumbidgee import limit to remain in force unless conditions improve

Under a dry or average scenario, the Murrumbidgee import limit is estimated to remain in force leading to higher prices in this region: $489/ML under the dry scenario.

The Murrumbidgee is estimated to return to its more usual position of net water exporter under the wet scenario.

If conditions do improve, prices would decrease quickly and substantially

A return to wetter conditions in the winter of 2019 could see water allocation prices fall significantly, similar to what occurred in 2016–17.

Under the wet scenario, average water allocation prices of $190/ML are estimated (for the Murray trading zones).

Water demand in the lower Murray has grown, but this is not unexpected

Previous ABARES research (Gupta and Hughes 2018) documents long-run changes in water demand in the sMDB and their long-run implications for water prices, including the effects of new almond plantings in the Victorian Murray.

ABARES latest analysis suggests that water demand has increased further in this region in recent years.

While this growth in demand has contributed to higher water prices, it is not unexpected and remains within the bounds of scenarios presented in a previous ABARES study (Gupta and Hughes 2018).

Source: ABARES 2019-03

Removing $1 a litre milk would help lift farmer confidence

Woolworths has raised the price of its $1 per litre milk to $1.10, with the extra money, in full,  to go directly back to farmers.

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Woolworths raised the price of its $1 per litre milk to $1.10, with the extra 10 cents to go, in full, directly back to farmers, there is for the first time hope that we can beat this destructive pricing strategy.

This is a major victory, and Woolworths should be congratulated for making the difficult, but right, decision to ensure farmers get a fairer return for their tireless work.

However, while we may regard this as a step in the right direction, it is certainly not the end of the battle against discount dairy.

Coles, without a mechanism to ensure an increase in the discount milk price would go directly to farmers, has instead offered to collect donations at their checkouts.

Other supermarkets have so far refused to follow Woolworths’ lead.

Coles has proposed a government mandated industry-wide levy, while Aldi has so far rejected all calls to raise the price of its discount milk line, which retails for 99 cents-a-litre.

This sends a negative message to our farmers about the worth of their work and their product — especially when the major retailers have just raised the price of bread due to high grain prices.

Coles, without a mechanism to ensure an increase in the discount milk price would go directly to farmers, has instead offered to collect donations at their checkouts.

This suggestion is just another slap to their suppliers.

Any suggestion by Coles that they can rattle the collection tin for struggling farmers shows how out of touch they are.

Farmers don’t want a handout. They run businesses, and like all business owners, farmers want a fair price for their product.

Farmers are currently suffering through a severe drought, with production costs skyrocketing due to high grain, hay and water prices.

Supermarkets cannot continue selling cheap milk while simultaneously raising the price of other products to help drought-stricken farmers.

The last Dairy Australia National Dairy Farmer Survey, conducted in 2018, found farmer confidence in the future of the dairy industry has dropped from 75 to 47 per cent over the past four years.

Removing $1 milk will help restore farmers’ financial confidence and also boost confidence in regional communities and small businesses.

Farming families put tireless effort and resources into producing a quality product, day in and day out, and to see it devalued to the consumer has a deep and lasting impact.

Most shoppers are aware of how difficult the past few years have been for the dairy industry.

We have been heartened by the outpouring of support from all Australians, wanting to know which brands they can buy to best support farmers.

The latest Dairy Australia Situation and Outlook report attributed a trend of declining farm profitability to soaring productions costs combined with relatively steady milk prices.

Chesworth, NSW Farmers, and Graham Forbes, Dairy Connect, and Woolworths managing director, Brad Branducci.

Dairy Australia is forecasting national milk production in 2018/19 will fall below 9 billion litres for the first time since the mid-1990s, in another blow to industry confidence.

It is clear something must change to reverse this trend of decline, and the retailers have an opportunity to come to the table and help us implement a solution.

If more farmers leave because their milk price doesn’t reflect their high production costs, there will be a real danger of Australia soon not having a dairy industry.

Source: FarmWeekly 2029-03

ABARES releases Agricultural Commodities forecast and outlook

ABARES releases their latest Agricultural Commodities forecast and outlook, with farm production estimated to be in the region of $58 billion.

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The overview estimates the value of farm production 2018-19 to be in the region of $58 billion with a forecast decline of 4% driven mainly by lower production of grains, oilseeds and pulses.

Key points:

  • At the national level, farm profitability is expected to be lower in 2018–19 compared with the previous two years, but remain comparatively high.
  • Assuming seasonal conditions improve, agricultural production is forecast to recover in 2019–20 and then grow slowly over the medium term.
  • The volume of farm production in 2023–24 is projected to reach $64 billion, below the 2016–17 peak of $65 billion.
  • Risks to export earnings have increased. Trade tensions could lower income growth in Australia’s largest export markets, and competition is increasing in many important markets.

Farm performance in 2018–19

The national agricultural production system is resilient and well attuned to the variable Australian climate.

However, the ongoing drought in the eastern states and flooding in northern Queensland have been devastating for those affected.

At a national level, the volume of farm production (in 2018–19 dollars) is expected to have declined by 6%, driven by an 11% reduction in the volume of crop production (see Introduction of chain volume measures of farm production).

Drought in the eastern states significantly reduced the 2018–19 winter crop, but one of the largest Western Australian harvests on record has provided a buffer to the national total.

The volume of production for livestock and livestock products is expected to decline by 2% in 2018–19 as a result of several factors.

Milk and wool production has been affected by the drought, and a significant decline in live animal exports also contributed to the fall.

This is largely because of a cessation in live sheep exports during the northern hemisphere summer months. Floods in Queensland in February 2019 could also reduce live cattle exports.

Despite rises in beef and mutton production, growth in total meat production is expected to be constrained by flock and herd rebuilding.

Source: ABARES 2019-03

Low prices prevent Aussie sugar expansion

Lower global sugar prices and competition is likely to mean Australian sugar cane production will remain steady over the medium term.

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That’s the findings according to the national forecaster the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Data released to coincide with ABARES’ Outlook conference in Canberra this week has Australian cane production remaining steady over the medium term at around 34 million tonnes.

Along with horticultural demand, high land values in areas near existing sugar mills are also curtailing potential expansion of sugar cane plantings.

In its report, ABARES said the world indicator price for raw sugar, on the New York Intercontinental Exchange, nearby futures, no. 11 contract is forecast to fall to US12.5 cents per pound in 2018–19.

It is currently US12.56c/pound, reflecting what ABARES data showed in regard to supply and demand, with global production is expected to exceed consumption for the second year in a row, increasing stocks.

Internationally, the industry is closely watching government policy in India, where the government has been forced to intervene after sugar cane millers went further in arrears in what they owed growers.

This is likely to have the end impact of India exporting less sugar but on the flip side, Brazil is likely to export more, filling the gap left by India’s reduced supplies.

However, there is better news in the longer term, with production likely to be outstripped by consumption.

This is partially due to a switch out of sugar in places such as Thailand, where cassava is emerging as a more profitable crop.

Source: FarmOnline 2019-03

Ecosystem Management Understanding for far west graziers

Graziers in rain-starved areas of far western New South Wales harness the techniques of a landscape ecologist to make the most of dry land.

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The Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU) works by coupling graziers’ personal knowledge of their land with a scientific understanding of the natural patterns and processes of the earth.

Dr Hugh Pringle and Dr Ken Tinley started implementing EMU in 2000, offering landholders a different approach to farming.

The drought in NSW has pushed many graziers to question their land management and uses that they have never needed to consider, forcing them to trial new innovations.

So Western Local Landcare in Broken Hill enlisted the help of Dr Pringle to bring strategic planning and new applications utilising landholders’ drought assistance grants, ensuring graziers are fully equipped to battle the drought.

Grazier Barry Turner of Polpah Station, 13 kilometres south-east of White Cliffs, is one of the landholders to use the system through the Landcare program.

He said the EMU concept has shown great promise in the parts of his land where he had applied the strategies.

“The idea behind it is simple enough — keep the moisture in the ground longer so that when it does start to dry up around you, where you’ve applied the principles, you’ll have a larger amount of subsoil moisture,” he said.

“Basically, we sat down with the EMU team and came up with the idea to invest in a large tractor and a grader to rip up the pastoral land in specific spots, outlined through the investigation undertaken by Dr Pringle.

“It sounds simple and basic, but it’s the science behind getting the right areas to rip. I’ve since had small pockets of rain in those areas and the results are amazing.”

Dr Pringle has taken EMU around the globe, implementing the principles in Africa, New Zealand and in parts of Australia.

He said everywhere he has implemented the concept it has worked.

“I’ve been working with some of the graziers for over 20 years and they’re still applying the principles of EMU to this day,” Dr Pringle said.

“They often call me to drop in and see how they are going, or if there is anything new to apply.”

Ecosystem Management Understanding takes the basic principles of farming and tweaks them, making the pastoral land more efficient.

Dr Pringle said talking to graziers about the nuances of their land helps him develop an effective EMU strategy.

“There are many different tools for many different situations with EMU,” he said. “It isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach when working on drought affected land”.

“The quality of information we get back from the landholders, or the greater the knowledge of the land the grazier has, the better our science can be and allows the principles to thrive.”

The team behind EMU said feedback from graziers suggests climate change imposes a bleak outlook on their current farming practices, noting dry periods are longer and more intense and storms that roll through pastoral land were becoming more violent.

Dr Pringle said the changing patterns graziers are noticing were familiar to most, and said Australians need to manage rainfall more efficiently.

The landscape ecologist said EMU filled a knowledge gap in water and land management.

During the summer months, Barry Turner’s land at White Cliffs can reach temperatures of 50 degrees for weeks at a time, and with no rain and relentless dust storms it left his property completely scorched and beaten by the elements.

“Erosion was a key influence for us to take this on board,” he said.

“We have flood plains that over a period have been very effective, but with all the thunderstorms we’ve seen it’s just washed any pasture away.

“It got to a point where we would have lost our good, fertile ground for the future, so we had to do something different.”

Source: ABC Rural 2019-03

Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse

The plan aims to protect and preserve the River Murray, critical to South Australia’s communities, industries, environment and way of life.

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The water allocation plan covers the River Murray downstream from the Victorian border and includes Lakes Alexandrina and Albert, part of Currency Creek, and the Finniss, Angas and Bremer Rivers.

Changes have been made to the water allocation plan so it will be compliant with Basin Plan requirements and to ensure that policies in the water allocation plan will effectively manage issues impacting on the river, like salinity.

The water allocation plan:

  • shares available water amongst all water users, including the environment, now and into the future
  • provides greater transparency for water users, especially about how water will be allocated.

How was the water allocation plan developed?

The water allocation plan was developed by the South Australian Murray-Darling Natural Resources Management (SAMDB NRM) Board and the community-based River Murray Advisory Committee (RMAC), in collaboration with key stakeholders and the Department for Environment and Water.

RMAC assists the SAMDB NRM Board with water policy development and has representation from business, agriculture, viticulture, horticulture, tourism, environmental conservation and Aboriginal nations.

The Board worked with other key stakeholders on a number of policies, and public consultation on a draft water allocation plan was undertaken between July and September 2018. Comments received from key stakeholders and the community helped to finalise the plan.

What do I need to know about the rules in the water allocation plan?

The water allocation plan sets out the rules for taking and using water to make sure that use is sustainable and to protect the water resource for current and future users. If you are a water user, it is important that you know about the rules in the water allocation plan.

There are a number of differences in the new water allocation plan that all licence holders should be aware of. These are outlined in the fact sheet Adoption of the Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse .

How does this affect my existing licence and approvals?

Your existing water rights remain the same. The adoption of the water allocation plan does not affect your ability to use or trade water.

After 1 July 2019, your water management authorisations may be reissued to make sure they are consistent with the water allocation plan. We will contact you if this is the case.

Until then, your existing approvals remain in place.

Information about the 2019-20 water use year

The Murray-Darling Basin is currently facing dry conditions and this could affect allocations for the 2019-20 water use year. The Department for Environment and Water will be providing regular updates on conditions and a minimum opening allocation announcement will be made in mid-April 2019.

Arrangements are in place to help South Australia prepare for an extended dry period, including storage of water for critical human water needs and private carryover purposes, and activation of the policy for use of the Adelaide Desalination Plant in dry times. Tools such as flow reports and allocation probability scenarios will be provided to keep water users informed.

To find out more and to access tools to help prepare for the year ahead, please visit the DEW website here.

Basin Plan and Water Resource Plans

The water allocation plan will form part of the South Australian River Murray Water Resource Plan. Water resource plans are required to be prepared under the Basin Plan to show how we are sustainably managing the River Murray.

The water resource plan is a road map of our water management plans, policies and activities.

The new changes to the water allocation plan improve on our existing management arrangements and help to meet water resource planning standards.

These changes do not alter how people currently take and use water for business. Water user’s obligations are met by complying with the water allocation plan.

The Department for Environment and Water is preparing the South Australian River Murray Water Resource Plan. To find out more visit their website.

More information

To find out more about how the rules in the water allocation plan apply to you:

Printed copies of the water allocation plan are available for viewing at natural resources centres and local council libraries in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

To talk through any of the policies in the water allocation plan, please contact the Senior Project Officer, River Murray Water Allocation Plan on (08) 8463 6877 or email rmwap.feedback@sa.gov.au.

For more information about licensing, metering, or well permits please contact us on (08) 8595 2053.

Source: Natural Resources 2019-03

Sources include: ABC Rural, The Land, The Weekly Times, Stock and Land, Stock Journal, Bloomberg, Farm Online, Queensland Country Life

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