Progress towards meeting environmental needs under the Basin Plan

​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources publishes monthly the progress of environmental water recovery in relation to bridging the gap towards the proposed sustainable diversion limits (SDLs) in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Surface Water Recoveries

Progress of water recovery towards Bridging the Gap to surface water sustainable diversion limits (SDLs) as at 28 February 2017 (all units in gigalitres)

Shared zone

Local target SDL reduction

Shared target SDL reduction

Total target SDL reduction

Total recovery progress

Total recovery remaining *

Qld zone

117.0

90.5

NSW zone

130.0

184.9

Northern Basin zone total

247.0

143.0

390.0

275.4

 114.6

NSW zone

590.0

458.0

1 048.0

743.2

304.8

ACT zone

0.0

4.9

4.9

4.9

0.0

Vic. zone

627.0

425.3

1 052.3

 800.5

251.8

SA zone

101.0

82.8

183.8

 143.9

 39.9

Southern Basin zone total

1 318.0

971.0

2 289.0

1692.5

596.5

Disconnected NSW (Lachlan)

48.0

N/A

48.0

48.0

0.0

Disconnected Vic. (Wimmera–Mallee)

23.0

N/A

23.0

22.6

0.4

Total Basin

1 636.0

1114.0

2 750.0

2038.5

 711.5

* This does not take into account the potential reduction to the water recovery target that may arise from the Northern Basin Review and the operation of the SDL Adjustment Mechanism.

Groundwater Recoveries


Shared zone

Local target SDL reduction

Shared target SDL reduction

Total target SDL reduction

Total recovery progress

Total recovery remaining

Upper Condamine Alluvium

40.4

N/A

40.4

2.7

37.7

​​* Groundwater recovery does not contribute to the surface water recovery target of 2750 GL.​

Table notes:

All water recoveries figures are expressed in long-term average annual yield (LTAAY) terms. Surface Water average annual yields are calculated using the current long-term diversion limit equivalent factors (v2.05) agreed to by the Ministerial Council in November 2011. All Overland Flow water recoveries have their factors individuall​y modelled by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

For total water recoveries allow for minor rounding.

Further information

Further details on environmental water recovery can be found below:

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