Water for the environment planning framework

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) prepares annual watering plans for the use of environmental water each year. OEH is also in the process of developing Long Term Water Plans which include longer term objectives.

Annual plans

Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) prepares annual watering plans each water year (July to June) for the five valleys where it actively manages water for the environment. These plans are based on advice received from Environmental Water Advisory Groups.

The plans outline the priorities for environmental water use in the coming year, depending on climatic factors and water availability.

Statements of annual environmental watering priorities for each valley are then developed and made publicly available.

Long-term plans

Long Term Water Plans provide long-term (up to 20-year) directions for annual and event-based environmental water management in each valley.

Long Term Water Plans are being developed for all nine NSW Murray Darling Basin catchments consistent with the Basin Plan.

Reporting on water for environment

There is extensive reporting on the use of water for the environment including reporting on:

  • Basin Plan implementation
  • annual watering in each valley
  • individual watering events
  • water trading

Office of Environment and Heritage's Use of water for the environment in New South Wales: Outcomes 2016-17 (PDF 5.9MB) gives an overview of the program's achievements during the previous year.