Other regions

Environmental water is also delivered to other valleys throughout NSW by partner agencies such as the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder and the NSW Office of Water. Many of these programs are managed to achieve Murray-Darling Basin outcomes.

Hawkesbury-Nepean river recovery

The Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program (2009-2012)  aimed to achieve environmental outcomes for the Hawkesbury-Nepean River System by making more water available for the environment and reducing nutrient inputs.

The program was funded by the Australian Government and managed by the former Office of the Hawkesbury-Nepean in partnership with other NSW agencies. It is currently managed by the Office of Water.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has purchased 4912 megalitres of unregulated river access licence shares across the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment.


Narran Lakes

The Narran Lakes wetland ecosystem comprises the terminal lakes and surrounding floodplains of the Narran River in the Condamine-Balonne Catchment and includes the internationally significant Ramsar-listed Narran Lake Nature Reserve. The Narran Lakes are one of the most significant bird breeding sites in the Murray-Darling Basin, with a colony of about 200,000 breeding pairs recorded in 1983, and over 70,000 pairs of ibis in 2008.

The Commonwealth government has purchased environmental water licenses in the Condamine-Balonne Catchment and will manage environmental water to achieve outcomes in the Narran Lakes system.


The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder delivers water into the Namoi and provides a detailed description of the valleys’ values and environmental watering objectives.

Border Rivers

The Border Rivers valley is located across northern NSW and southern Queensland.  Environmental water in the Border Rivers is managed by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.

Intersecting Streams

The Intersecting Streams are located in southern Queensland (Warrego) and northern NSW (Darling River). The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder manages environmental water in this valley. 

Barwon- Darling

The Barwon-Darling system has numerous environmental values including fish as well as floodplain and riparian vegetation.  The Barwon-Darling also provides water to Menindee Lakes and the Lower Murray River systems. Environmental water in this valley is managed by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.


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Page last updated: 09 July 2015