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WATER PLAN (BORDER RIVERS AND MOONIE) 2019 - REG 24

Water plan outcomes—environmental

24 Water plan outcomes—environmental

(1) The environmental water plan outcomes for this plan are—
(a) to maintain the probability of being able to take surface water to which this plan applies under a water entitlement held only for providing benefit to the environment; and
Examples of a water entitlement held only for providing benefit to the environment—
• a water entitlement held by CEWH
• a water entitlement held only for protecting and restoring the health of Murray-Darling Basin ecosystems
(b) to maintain and, if possible, improve flows of water to which this plan applies that support—
(i) waterholes as refugia; and
(ii) river channels; and
(iii) river-forming processes; and
(c) to maintain and, if possible, improve flows of water to which this plan applies that support floodplain ecosystems within and downstream of the plan area, including—
(i) the Macintyre River floodplain downstream of Goondiwindi; and
(ii) channel-connected wetlands associated with that floodplain; and
(d) to minimise changes to flows of water in the plan area that support fish movement and fish recruitment; and
(e) to minimise adverse environmental impacts, relating to water to which this plan applies, caused by the operation of infrastructure in the plan area; and
Examples of adverse environmental impacts—
bank erosion, thermal alteration of waters, degradation of water quality
(f) to minimise water quality degradation in relation to—
(i) for surface water to which this plan applies—flow; and
(ii) for underground water to which this plan applies—flow and pressure; and
(g) to maintain an underground water regime in the plan area that supports ecosystems dependent on underground water to which this plan applies.
(2) In this section—

"fish recruitment" means the successful development and growth of a juvenile fish to a stage at which the fish has the ability to reproduce.

"underground water regime" means the profile of underground water levels, hydraulic head and direction of underground water flow as represented by water levels at nodes L, M and N.

"waterhole" means a part of a watercourse that contains water after the watercourse stops flowing, other than a part of the watercourse that is within the storage area of a dam or weir on the watercourse.



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