We all have our own unique memories of time spent by the water. Our cultural connection with these iconic landscapes spans generations. They’re places of wonder, adventure, relaxation and renewal.
Behind the scenes, the Office of Environment and Heritage is working to support these river systems by managing the delivery of water for their ongoing health and resilience.
And the success stories are mounting – plants re-emerging after years, sometimes decades, without significant flows; rare and threatened birds breeding and flourishing; whole ecosystems brought back from the brink, supported by one simple ingredient – water.
Across the state, environmental flows are being used in key, targeted areas to protect and improve the health of rivers, floodplains and wetlands. Locations include:
- Murray and Lower Darling
In each of these valleys, the OEH is working with local communities, landholders and other government agencies to track and assess the health of water and wetlands; identify ecological assets and their water requirements; and ensure targeted and effective allocation of environmental water.
To meet these aims, the OEH is managing water from a number of sources including:
- Environmental water allowances (established under water sharing plans)
- NSW Environmental Water Holdings
- Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, and
- Non-government organisations
The OEH is working to support and enhance the river systems which bring life and opportunity to the people of NSW.