The River Murray remains the key focus for South Australia during National Water Week with a ‘Healthy River Murray’ display in Rundle Mall this Wednesday, 21 October.
The River Murray is critically important to the State, providing not only the bulk of our domestic water, but also water for agriculture, tourism, industry, the environment and recreation.
The River Murray runs across three states, making it tricky to manage. Effective management requires cooperation between South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
Three years ago the Basin states agreed on a plan to ensure sustainable management of water resources across the Murray-Darling Basin, while also making sure that enough water is allocated to keep the environment healthy. You can read more about the Murray-Darling Basin Plan on our website.
What we’re doing
During National Water Week the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is teaming up with the SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board and other State Government agencies to demonstrate the work being done to secure the health of the River Murray in South Australia.
DEW, along with Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), SA Water and the Water Industry Alliance will showcase a range of projects and programs, including the South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS).
Many of these projects are delivered with the help of local communities.
The group will be in Rundle Mall near Gawler Place on Wednesday, 21 October from 10am – 4pm.
For children there will be balloons and interactive games relating to the River Murray.
Visitors can also enjoy free samples of Riverland produce, take the SA Water tap test, discover how moisture probes work, and learn about sustainable agriculture.
Did you know?
- South Australia is the driest state in Australia
- The River Murray is the third largest navigable river in the world and spans three states.