VAGO report – Restricting Environmental Flows during Water Shortages

VAGO report – Restricting Environmental Flows during Water Shortages

8.10.2010 - Posted by Kane Travis
The Victorian Auditor General has just released is audit findings on the effectiveness of the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), water corporations and catchment management authorities (CMA) in managing temporary restrictions on surface water rights to meet critical needs, including steps to minimise river health damage.

The report examines the strength of the advice and information DSE and water corporations used to justify restricting water rights. It also examines how the effectiveness of these restrictions was assessed, and how DSE, water corporations and CMAs managed the environmental risks on three rivers—the Tarwin, Wimmera and Yarra.

Overall the findings found that DSE and two of the three water corporations examined did not effectively manage restrictions to environmental water rights.

A comprehensive report of the findings and recommendations can be downloaded by clicking here.

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