Planning and reporting on water for the environment

We prepare annual watering plans and annual outcomes reports on the use of water for the environment in NSW. We have also developed long-term water plans to help inform the management of water for the environment over a longer time scale.

Annual plans

We prepare annual watering plans each water year (July to June) for the 9 valleys in which we actively manage water for the environment. These plans are based on advice received from environmental water advisory groups.

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

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

Long-term water plans

Long-term water plans provide long-term (up to 20-years) directions for annual and event-based water management for environmental outcomes in each catchment.

Long-term water plans have been developed for all 9 NSW Murray–Darling Basin catchments consistent with the Basin Plan.

You can access the plans at Long-term water plans.

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.

Our Use of water for the environment in New South Wales: Outcomes 2020–21 gives an overview of the program’s achievements in the previous year.