Our work for the Murray-Darling Basin - EDO NSW

Our work for the Murray-Darling Basin

The EDO has been defending the Murray-Darling river system for yearsYou can help give communities throughout the Basin access to justice and a voice in the Courts: donate today.

Since the Basin Plan was made, we’ve acted as an independent watchdog, identifying problems with mismanagement, over-extraction and a failure to consider the effects of climate change on the system. We’ve built relationships with farmers, traditional owners and communities right along the river, who’ve trusted us with their stories about the mismanagement of water and how it affects their lives.

In 2019, we’re going to Court with a civil enforcement case against a large-scale irrigator on the Barwon-Darling river. Based on evidence we obtained from the NSW Government, our case concerns allegations of significant unlawful extraction of water from the river system - over 7 billion litres (more than 2860 Olympic swimming pools).  

Unlike recent prosecutions of irrigators by the NSW Government, our case is seeking remedies that will actually return desperately needed water to the river system.

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See us and our friends in action on the Barka/Darling River

River lore, water law 


Ripple: Uncle Badger Bates by the Barka River  


Find out more about our Murray-Darling Basin litigation

Expert commentary from the EDO team

Specialist law reform submissions 

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