Our work for the Murray-Darling Basin
The EDO has been defending the Murray-Darling river system for years. You 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.
See us and our friends in action on the Barka/Darling River
Find out more about our Murray-Darling Basin litigation
Expert commentary from the EDO team
- Toxic: what’s rotten in the Murray-Darling Basin? – January 2019
- Managing our scarce water resources – a summary of recent developments in the MDB – December 2018
- Listen to Emma Carmody, water law expert, in a podcast on climate and water law – November 2018
- Dr Emma Carmody – a transcript of her appearance at the SA Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission – September 2018
- Less water, less transparency – the latest amendment to the Commonwealth Water Act 2007– July 2018
- NSW water Bill – A legal briefing note – June 2018
- The lack of transparency in irrigation efficiency programs explained – April 2018
Specialist law reform submissions
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