Key Benanee catchment Buronga

The Benanee catchment is located in south-west NSW bordering the Murray and Murrumbidgee river basins. It has a catchment area of 21,390 square kilometres.

Major towns

Euston, Buronga, Gol Gol and Dareton.

Rivers and tributaries

The Benanee River basin is made up of a number of ill-defined creeks, streams and ephemeral lakes that contribute negligible inflows to the Murray River, which flows across the basin's south.

Real-time flow data

The department monitors the conditions of river systems in NSW and provides regular updates on water levels, rainfall, water temperature and electrical conductivity.

View real-time data from the Benanee catchment on this website.

Major water storage

The largest water storages are the Euston and Mildura weirs.

Major water users

Irrigation, local councils, stock, some forestry.

Key water management issues

Water users along the basin's unregulated creeks and streams don't always have access to a reliable water supply due to the highly variable nature of flows in the basin and unreliable rainfall patterns.

The manipulation of a number of state-owned weirs is crucial to the over-all water management strategy of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Environmental values

Environmental watering projects such as The Living Murray Project include many sites in this basin.

Water sharing plans

To preserve water resources in river and groundwater systems for the long term it is critical to balance the competing needs of the environment and water users. Water sharing plans establish rules for sharing water between the environmental needs of the river or aquifer and water users, and also between different types of water use such as town supply, rural domestic supply, stock watering, industry and irrigation.

Water sharing plans in this catchment:

  • Lower Murray-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial
  • NSW Murray-Darling Basin Porous Rock Groundwater

Visit Water Sharing Plans for a status update.