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Registration of Interest Floodplain Harvesting Licence – Macquarie and Barwon-Darling

Macquarie R nr Bathurst Dec2012

The NSW Office of Water is seeking registration of interest from landholders in the Macquarie and Barwon-Darling valleys involved in floodplain harvesting activities wishing to obtain a statutory licence. Registration closes on Wednesday 30 April 2014.


Water accounting for catchments


Tumut River at Tumut (courtesy of Dayle Green)

The Office of Water is producing water accounting reports using the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1. The reports present a detailed annual analysis of water resource management for selected catchments across NSW. Read or download our water accounting reports >>

Thinking of drilling for water?


Groundwater bore

Before you construct a bore, spear point, well, or excavate to access groundwater, you should ensure that you hold a bore licence or approval and comply with its conditions, and that your bore driller has a current licence issued by the NSW Office of Water. Read more or get an application form here >>

Get the most out of your water licence


Rotarainer north west

Water dealings can involve buying or selling your water access licence or part of it. It can also mean buying or selling allocation water, changing the location where a licence can be used and even subdividing and consolidating licences. This can maximise the commercial benefits of your water licence. Read more or get an application form here >>

Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program


Adelong sedimentation pond

The NSW Office of Water provides technical, management and financial support to local water utilities through the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program. The program has enabled the completion of more than 300 water supply and sewerage projects delivering enhanced public health, improved environmental outcomes and security of supply to more than one million people in country areas of NSW. Read more about water supply projects >>

Water sharing plans


Crop irrigation

Following community consultation, a water sharing plan is formally gazetted by the Minister and becomes a legal document under the Water Management Act 2000. Once a water sharing plan commences, the rules apply within the plan area. Read more about water sharing plans >>

Groundwater management


Tarcutta streams groundwater

Groundwater supplies more than ten per cent of water used for drinking, stock, agriculture and industry in NSW. Many different ecosystems rely on groundwater. We are investigating groundwater-surface water connections to understand how water moves between rivers and nearby aquifers affecting water availability. Read more about groundwater ecosystems >>

How effective are water sharing plans in your catchment?


Hawkesbury-Neapean river

It is important to know if water sharing plans are meeting their objectives. To find out, the NSW Office of Water is assessing the ecological and socio-economic performance of water sharing plans. Valley progress reports highlight these investigations. View the progress report for your area.

Guide to Basin Plan released by Murray-Darling Basin Authority


Rice harvesting

The Basin Plan is a Commonwealth Government initiative that will set enforceable limits on water extraction in the Murray-Darling Basin. The plan will also include an Environmental Watering Plan and a Water Quality and Salinity Management Plan. To read more, go to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Scientific monitoring


Bio sampling in the Karuah River by NSW Office of Water scientists

Monitoring not only assesses how our rivers are responding to environmental flows, but also investigates how different patterns of water flow affect the way our rivers function. As our scientific understanding increases, we will be able to more effectively allocate water to the environment and other water users, and better evaluate the performance of water sharing plans.

Stay informed with algal alerts


Blue Green algae

Algal blooms can cause waters to be unsafe in both freshwater and marine water environments. Algal alerts are issued by Regional Algal Coordinating Committees responsible for the local management of algal blooms. Call the NSW algae hotline on 1800 999 457 for algal alerts. Check for current algal alerts >>

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