Photo of the Peel River, near Tamworth, NSW.

The Peel River, near Tamworth, NSW.

The Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project

This project provided a comprehensive assessment of current and future water availability in the Murray-Darling Basin.

  • 11 October 2010 | Updated 7 November 2013

Overview

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CSIRO, through the Water for a Healthy Country National Research Flagship, has completed a series of reports which assess the current and future water availability in the Murray-Darling Basin.

CSIRO was contracted by the National Water Commission to provide the assessments, which led to the world's largest basin-scale investigation of the impacts on water resources of:

  • catchment development
  • changing groundwater extraction
  • climate variability
  • climate change.

A Water Availability in the Murray-Darling Basin report, summarising the assessments for 18 regions that comprise the Basin, is available on this website. Results for each of 18 regions in the Murray-Darling Basin are also available.

Read the Water Availability in the Murray-Darling Basin Report or Executive Summary: Water Availability in the Murray-Darling Basin.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has developed a Basin Plan to provide a new way to manage water resources in the Basin.

Read about the support CSIRO and other research groups provided to the MDBA's development of the Plan at: Murray-Darling Basin research.