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Basin Plan

A successful Basin Plan will transform the way water is managed in the Murray-Darling Basin and result in better outcomes for industries, Aboriginal Nations, communities and environments that depend on a health and resilient river system. 

Implementation of the plan will provide many benefits, including supporting the delivery of critical human water needs, facilitating water trade, securing the quality of our River Murray water supply, helping to keep the Murray Mouth open, and providing environmental water to precious River Murray wetlands and floodplains.  

The challenge now is to ensure that the Basin Plan is implemented on time and in full so all of its objectives are realised. 


Towards a healthy, working River Murray

The South Australian Government is working hard to make sure the Basin Plan is implemented on time and in full.

Progress against the five key outcomes for Murray-Darling Basin environments and communities outlined in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan: South Australian Implementation Strategy 2013-2019 is on track.

Download the 2017-18 Progress Update.

Basin wide, 2,083.3 GL of water has been recovered or contracted for recovery.  This includes 143.9 GL in SA. 

South Australia had a state water recovery target under the Basin Plan of 183.8 GL to be recovered by 30 June 2019.

South Australia has successfully completed its water recovery task through a combination of water recovery initiatives (e.g. South Australian River Murray Sustainability program) and sustainable diversion limit adjustment projects that offset water recovery targets. 

View the latest water recovery data.

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