Groundwater resource descriptions
We have produced a series of resource description reports as part of the development of water resource plans for each groundwater source in the Murray-Darling Basin. Simply select the plan by region, which takes you to the main page for that plan. Within the ‘draft plan’ you will find an appendix titled ‘… water resource plan area description’. These reports provide a comprehensive overview of each groundwater resource. They describe the location, climate and physical attributes of the groundwater resource. They also present the current status of the groundwater resource including licensing and use, and discuss the response of the groundwater system to variability in groundwater use and rainfall.
Surface water quality technical reports
These reports include the technical information and analysis used to develop the water and land management measures outlined in the water quality management plans.
For readers wanting a quick overview, we have prepared the following documents for each water quality technical report:
- Barwon-Darling surface water resource plan area
- Border Rivers surface water resource plan area
- Gwydir surface water resource plan area
- Intersecting Streams surface water resource plan area
- Lachlan surface water resource plan area
- Macquarie-Castlereagh surface water resource plan area
- Murray and Lower Darling surface water resource plan area
- Murrumbidgee surface water resource plan area
- Namoi surface water resource plan area
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) projects
The NSW MER Framework provides the common foundation for the development of MER programs to ensure a rigorous and defendable scientific approach. Some of our recent MER projects include:
- Applying the High Ecological Value Aquatic Ecosystem framework to water management needs in NSW
- Linking changes in flow and macroinvertebrates
- Assessing changes to the Snowy River channel and vegetation 2010–19
- Thone River–drought flow study
- The role of cease-to-pump rules in protecting macroinvertebrates in the Gwydir Unregulated Reivers Water Sharing Plan
- Cease-to-pump rules are one of the management strategies used to protect aquatic ecosystems in NSW’s unregulated water sharing plans. This project evaluates whether the cease-to-pump rules in three water sources of the Gwydir Unregulated Rivers Water Sharing Plan provide adequate protection for macroinvertebrates (aquatic insects) living in flowing water habitats.
Expanding our networks
We are increasing the spatial coverage of our monitoring bore network through the drilling of new groundwater bores. Visit Water Monitoring Strategy for Coal Basins in NSW for more information.
From time to time the department (or a consultant engaged on behalf of the department) undertakes studies to better understand our systems. Some of our recent work includes: