Environment loses as subsidies drive extractions in Murray-Darling Basin

EDO water law specialist Emma Carmody has co-authored an article published today which finds that the Australian Government’s $4 billion irrigation efficiency program for the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) has led to irrigators who received infrastructure subsidies extracting up to 28 per cent more water than those who did not. Dr Carmody and water management experts […]

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Analysis: Murray-Darling Basin irrigators convicted of water extraction offence – the recent judgment

On 19 March 2020, the NSW Land and Environment Court delivered judgment in WaterNSW’s prosecution of two irrigators in the northern Murray-Darling Basin. The Court found that the irrigators extracted water from the Barwon-Darling River in contravention of a condition of their water supply works and use approval, which is an offence under the Water […]

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Threats to wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin

Sadly, wetlands are among the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin wetlands are no exception. While many wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin naturally cycle between wetter and drier periods, drier periods have recently become significantly longer. The main reason for this is long-term over consumption of water for human use, particularly irrigation […]

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