Media Releases | 9th Oct, 2012

New Basin Plan modelling shows benefits of more water for Murray River

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Environment Victoria welcomes the release today of new modelling scenarios for environmental flows in the Murray-Darling Basin.

The new scenarios show that improved environmental outcomes can be achieved if the constraints that impede the delivery of environmental water are relaxed. Far and away the biggest improvement in outcomes is achieved by a combination of more water and removing constraints.

Environment Victoria’s Healthy Rivers Campaigner Juliet Le Feuvre said today:

“The new modelling shows how returning more water improves environmental outcomes, and that the more flexibility there is in delivering that water the better the outcomes that can be achieved, especially for red gum sites like Barmah or Gunbower forests. However we don’t know if this new modelling is going to be incorporated into the Basin Plan or even how much water is needed to fully restore our rivers to health. 

“The new modelling is a step in the right direction but there is still a lot of work to be done before the Basin Plan can guarantee a healthy Murray river, especially in a drier future”.

For comment: Juliet Le Feuvre 0428 770 019

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