Water resource plans under the Commonwealth Water Act 2007 are the operational documents which will govern the flows in the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin. If water resource plans do not comply with the Basin Plan 2012 they will compromise the restoration of the health of the Basin.

The EDO’s analysis identifies fundamental errors of law in the preparation of the draft NSW Murray and Lower Darling Surface Water Resource Plan. We recommend that the Risk Assessment be re-done in a lawful way that complies with the Basin Plan 2012 and that an updated draft Water Resource Plan and amendments to the Water Sharing Plan be developed on the basis of that process (and exhibited for further public comment).