Environmental issues

Water

Managing environmental water

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) manages both environmental water allowances (established through the provisions of water sharing plans) and NSW Environmental Water Holdings. OEH may also manage the delivery of environmental water owned or acquired by other parties, including the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office and non-government organisations.

OEH activity is focused in five valleys where there are significant wetlands along with substantial environmental water allocations and NSW Environmental Water Holdings:

Opportunities for environmental watering at target sites across the state are considered in the context of the availability of environmental water and the likely ecological response to water at any given time.

Annual environmental water plans

OEH prepares annual watering plans for each water year (July to June) for the five valleys where it actively manages environmental water. The plans are based on advice received from Environmental Water Advisory Groups.

The plans outline the priorities for how environmental water may be used in the coming year, depending on climatic factors and water availability.

The 2013-14 Annual Environmental Watering Plans (AEWPs) are now available:

Support for managing environmental water

OEH uses a variety of tools to support its decision-making in the management of environmental water, including expert advice from research organisations, Environmental Water Advisory Groups and other government agencies, such as:

OEH, and other agencies, undertake a range of projects to enhance the benefits of environmental watering, including infrastructure works to improve environmental water delivery and investigations to support adaptive management of environmental water.

Reporting on environmental water use

Environmental water management activities and outcomes for 2012-13 are reported in Environmental water use in NSW: Outcomes 2012-13.
Page last updated: 13 March 2014