Compliance and monitoring
Annual compliance reporting
We produce an annual compliance report in accordance with our operating and environmental licences.
Compliance reports contain detailed technical data on a range of required environmental and operational parameters.
The climatic conditions in the area influence every aspect of these reports. The climate determines the volume of water available for irrigation, the volume of water used for irrigation, the volume of water discharged from the area and the rate of evaporation.
Summary of the 2016/2017 Annual Compliance Report
Our operational area received above average rainfall in August and September 2016. The Bureau of Meteorology reported that September 2016 was the wettest September on record in the Murray -Darling Basin. The rainfall resulted in major flooding in the Murray and Edwards River systems. This flooding had a major impact on the Wakool area.
We worked with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to deliver environmental water to mitigate a hypoxic blackwater event in the local river systems. The event was triggered by flooding resulting from significant spring rainfall.
The delivery of the water provided areas of refuge for native fish and prevented total fish kills. We are proud of this delivery as it speaks to our investment in and relationship with our environmental partners.
The water allocation for the New South Wales Murray and Lower Darling Water Sharing Plan was 100% for general security water entitlements in 2016/17.
Our customers used 53 percent of water orders for rice and 18 percent of water orders for annual pasture. Our delivery efficiency was 88 percent.
We entered into a new Wakool Order Agreement for the delivery of water with respect to the delivery of the Wakool Canal Orders via the Edwards Escape. There is no credit loading associated with this agreement. The area affected by watertables within two metres of the surface decreased to 9,678ha in August 2016.
Previous annual compliance reports
View our previous annual compliance reports below
Monitoring data summaries
The Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011 introduced changes to the Protection of the Environment Act 1997, including a new requirement that holders of an environment protection licence make their pollution monitoring data publicly available.
The monthly monitoring data for the current reporting period is available below.
These reports are also available in alternative electronic formats, such as Excel, upon request.