Healthy floodplains project

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    Proposed legislative amendments for floodplain harvesting in NSW

    Public exhibition for the proposed amendments to the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 closed on Sunday, 20 December 2020. The 'what we heard' report will be available early 2021.

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    About the Healthy Floodplains Project

    This project aims to reform the management of water on floodplains through the development of floodplain management plans and the regulation and monitoring of floodplain harvesting water extractions.

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    NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy

    In 2013, the NSW Government introduced the Floodplain Harvesting Policy to stop unconstrained floodplain harvesting by bringing it into a licensing framework.

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    Floodplain management plan program

    This program provides a strategic planning framework to achieve a coordinated, balanced approach to floodplain management, taking into account hydraulic, environmental and economic considerations, and legislative requirements. It will be applied to areas in the northern basin including the Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi, Barwon–Darling and Macquarie valleys.

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    Floodplain harvesting program

    This program provides a framework for regulating and managing water extraction from floodplains that balances the needs of water users and the environment.

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    Water sharing plan rules for floodplain harvesting

    Have your say on the draft rules for floodplain harvesting licenses to be included in water sharing plans are now on public exhibition.

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    Floodplain harvesting measurement

    NSW has launched a historic floodplain harvesting measurement policy which will support a fair system of floodplain access. The policy meets the recommendations of the Murray-Darling Basin Water Compliance Review and the Murray-Darling Basin Compliance Compact.