Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resources Area Water Allocation Plan

The Water Allocation Plan (WAP) for the Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resources Area (the plan) was adopted in 2010.

Minor changes were made to the plan by the Minister for Environment and Conservation in 2019 to ensure it was Basin Plan compliant. None of these changes have affected individual rights to take or use water.

The ten year review of the plan was undertaken in 2019 and found there was no need for amendments at this time. It was recommended that a detailed review be undertaken once securing low flows has been substantially implemented and monitored for a period of time.  Landholders are being assisted to return low flows through the Department for Environment and Water’s Flows for the Future program.

The plan aims to:

  • protect the resource for all water users, now and into the future
  • provide greater certainty for water users.

The plan was developed by the former South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board and the community based Marne Saunders Water Resources Planning Committee in collaboration with key stakeholders. The new Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board now carries statutory function to develop water allocation plans for the Murraylands and Riverland region.

The upper catchment of the Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resource Area is located in the Northern and Yorke landscape management region, while the majority of the Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resource Area occurs within the Murraylands and Riverland region. The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board is responsible for implementation and review of the plan.  

The Marne Saunders Prescribed Water Resources Area falls within the catchment area of the Murray-Darling Basin and the plan has been accredited under the Basin Plan. Water user’s obligations to the Basin Plan are met by complying with the local water allocation plan.

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