Environmental issues


Murrumbidgee Environmental Water Allowance Reference Group

The Murrumbidgee Environmental Water Allowance Reference Group (EWARG) provides advice on managing environmental water in the Murrumbidgee catchment. Sources of environmental water include three allowances established under the Water Sharing Plan for the Murrumbidgee Regulated River Water Source 2003, adaptive environmental water held by the Office of Environment and Heritage and allocations made available from entitlements held by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office.

The main Murrumbidgee Water Sharing Plan environmental allowance is for 50,000ML which is credited in full when general security accounts have 60% available water (including any carryover from the previous year). The allowances are intended to be used to benefit waterbird breeding, wetland inundation, fish migration and breeding, and water quality.


Representatives from:

  • Riverina Local Land Services (chair)
  • Aboriginal community
  • Department of Primary Industries
  • Lowbidgee League
  • Murrumbidgee Customer Service Committee
  • Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists
  • Nature Conservation Council
  • NSW Office of Water
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • State Water Corporation


  • Commonwealth Environmental Water Office
  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Contacting the EWARG

Lisa Thurtell
Office of Environment and Heritage 
PO Box 733, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Telephone: (02) 6229 7142

Page last updated: 24 February 2014