Draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Water Prescribed Watercourse

This consultation has now closed but work is still underway

Consultation on the draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse has now closed. Responses are being reviewed by the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board and work on finalising the plan is underway.

The Board will be providing individual responses to all submissions made on the draft plan in due course.

Community consultation is an important aspect of the process and we thank all those who provided their feedback.

Further information on the progress of the draft plan will be provided on the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board website as it becomes available.


This is an opportunity for the water users, water account holders and the general community to have their say on changes in the updated draft Water Allocation Plan for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse (the draft plan).

In place since 2002, the plan has been updated by the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board to include policies that were developed after the plan’s adoption. Additional changes incorporate lessons from drought, as well as changes required for consistency with legislation.

These inclusions and changes include:

  • Private carryover,
  • Dry allocation framework,
  • Determination and management of consumptive pools,
  • Salinity zoning and prior commitment,
  • Environmental water and wetland management,
  • Management of extractions in the Upper Pike Anabranch,
  • Water level variability and pumps on backwaters.

The Board would like to know what changes to the draft plan you support and what you would like to see altered.

All feedback gathered from the public will be considered when finalising the draft plan before it is presented to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation.

Community consultation closes: 
Friday 27 February 2015
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Policy discussion papers