Groundwater Baseline Project

The Groundwater Baseline Project is gathering the facts we need to make informed decisions that ensure our water resources are protected.

Starting first in the GunnedahGloucester and Clarence Moreton basins, the project uses state of the art technology to map underground water.

Experts have studied groundwater availability in these basins, and carefully analysed where industries such as agriculture and mining draw their water from and the volume allocated within the different systems.

Once complete, this mapping provides the data we need to quickly identify threats, tackle the causes and prevent future problems.

As part of the Groundwater Baseline Project new monitoring bores will be installed across the key basins and real-time data from these bores will be published on this website.

This is in addition to more than 5,000 NSW Office of Water monitoring stations that are constantly measuring the quality and quantity of water in NSW's rivers, streams, groundwater and dams.

Key parts of the Groundwater Baseline Project

  • Detailed mapping and baseline data – demonstrating the water resources used by key industries in each basin
  • Community information package – with a series of educational videos and information materials on how water in their basin is used
  • Additional State Government monitoring bores will be installed across all three basins.

Once complete, this mapping provides the data we need to quickly identify threats, tackle the causes and prevent future problems.

The project will continue in other parts of NSW where there are sedimentary basins containing coal, that may be of interest to the mining or coal seam gas industry.

Video presentations

The NSW Government has developed a series of short videos covering the fundamentals of the geology, water levels and water rights in the Gloucester, Gunnedah and Clarence Moreton Basins. This course also covers the NSW Government's management of groundwater and regulations relating to the drilling and management of wells for petroleum activities.

Download the video transcripts