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Managing salinity through the Basin Plan

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan came into operation in 2012 and includes a water quality and salinity management plan that sets out objectives and targets for water resources across the basin.

The water quality and salinity management plan includes water quality targets for managing flows, salinity targets for the purposes of long-term salinity planning and management, and an objective to export salt through the Murray Mouth.

The plan builds on existing water quality and salinity management agreements and arrangements, including the National Water Quality Management Strategy and the Basin Salinity Management Strategies.

The Basin Plan also establishes a requirement to develop water quality management plans as elements of Water Resource Plans. By 2019, water quality management plans will be developed with consideration of the impacts of wider natural resource management and land management on water quality for each South Australian Water Resource Plan area.

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