After aggressive lobbying by the irrigation industry the authority proposed only 2,750 gigalitres
in its draft plan.
In 2004-05, towns and irrigators used about 11,000 gigalitres
from the catchment under licence.
In accordance with the longstanding MurrayDarling Basin Agreement, the MDBA accesses water from Menindee Lakes for use in the River Murray system until the volume of water in the lakes falls below 480 gigalitres
," said Mr Reynolds.
per year (GL/yr) are extracted from the Mangrove Mountain aquifer, a third of the 8 GL/yr extraction limit.
The figure that was given to restore it to moderate health was 1,500 gigalitres
The new River Murray Water Allocation Plan pledges an extra 50 gigalitres
of water to holders of irrigation and equivalent licenses in years when allocations are less than 100 per cent.
Ending logging in the wet montane forests of Victoria's Goulburn River catchment--already damaged by the Black Saturday fires and part of a controversial pipeline scheme to divert water to Melbourne--would deliver an additional 3800 gigalitres
to the river this century, around six times Melbourne's annual water use.
New South Wales' planned purchase of 80 to 125 gigalitres
of water entitlements will make a significant contribution to the existing target to return 500 gigalitres
of water to the Murray by 2009," said Dr Buchan.
9 million gigalitres
of water about 130,000 times the volume of Sydney Harbour.
At least 1000 gigalitres
(GL) is required to fill the Lower Lakes before any water flows over the barrages into the Coorong,' he says.
Around 100 gigalitres
of environmental water was released at the Barrages during July and August to support native fish and bank vegetation across the Southern Connected Basin.
The production of all these appliances used up 62 gigalitres
of water and created 4.