The first of two large free-flowing wells in the Great Artesian Basin’s west have been sealed as part of the third phase of the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative, a $2 million partnership between the State and Federal governments to conserve and manage groundwater across the basin.

The decommissioning of ‘Big Blythe’ has seen a stop to the release of over 1000 megalitres of water and almost 2500 tonnes of salt each year.

Once both wells are capped, an estimated 3.8 megalitres of artesian ground water a day, or 45 litres per second, will be saved.

The South Australian Government has unveiled a new private carryover policy which will allow water access entitlement holders to manage inter-seasonal risk through a more simple system with transparent rules.

The Victorian Government has announced an overhaul of the Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP) connections program with the aim of giving landholders greater control over the modernisation of their irrigation systems.

Tasmania’s biggest ever irrigation development is set to go ahead with the approval of two water projects worth $100 million in the state’s Midlands.

A new chairperson and a new member to the Western Australian Water Corporation board.

The fourth Australia State of the Environment has been released, providing an overview of the current condition of the environment and its outlook, and calling for a strong leadership role from the Federal Government.

Four new irrigation efficiency projects in NSW funded by the Federal Government have been announced to provide an average of over 75 gigalitres to help bridge the gap to sustainable diversion limits under the final Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Energy and resources Ministers  have agreed to develop a national harmonised framework for the coal seam gas industry, and released the associated work program to deliver this framework.

The Western Australian Government has pledged $78.2 million for a suite of projects over the coming four years under the auspices of Water Provision and Natural Resource Management (NRM).

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has announced it will make pulsed releases from Dartmouth Reservoir over summer in an attempt to improve water quality in the Mitta Mitta River.

The Queensland Government has released the Fitzroy Basin Water Resource Plan (WRP), which determines the future use of watercourses, lakes, springs, overland flow and, for the first time, groundwater.

The Queensland Government has announced its intentions to make three Wild River declarations to enforce strict environmental protection measures in the state’s west.

Scientists from The Australian National University have found that extensive regions of the sub-surface of Mars could contain water and be at comfortable temperatures for terrestrial – and potentially martian – microbes.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a revised guide which aims to better inform irrigators and irrigation infrastructure operators about their termination fee rights and obligations.

Tasmania has completed final works and officially opened the first irrigation scheme in the state’s north-east under its irrigation development plan.

Queensland’s Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) has released a new plan for the Baffle Creek Basin area, aiming to distribute more water to users more sustainably.

Southern Rural Water has announced the completion of its groundwater atlas, which has been developed to provide residents of Southern Victoria with a means of developing a greater understanding of groundwater and its finite application.

The Victorian Government has called on Basin communities to voice their concerns over the recently released Murray-Darling Basin plan.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has announced the release of a further 20GL for the Living Murray plan as part of a larger environmental watering currently underway in the Barmah–Millewa Forest icon site.

While traces of pharmaceutical compounds are commonly present in wastewater, interactions with bacteria during the treatment process could transform them from non-toxic to toxic forms, a new study suggests.

The Victorian Government has announced Melbourne will return to Stage 1 restrictions for the first time since 2006.

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