At a glanceOverall, the key pressures affecting inland water environments have changed little since 2011, with climatic and pest-based pressures increasing, land-use and management pressures remaining largely stable, and some stabilisation occurring in the pressure of water resources...
At a glanceOnline availability of flow data and water resources information has increased substantially since 2011, including:
various state-based data portals
a national repository with flow and other data for more than 3400 sites
a national set of 222 long-term, high-quality reference...
At a glanceThe National Water Initiative has driven water policy, planning and management reforms in Australia for the past decade, which have delivered significant benefits for all Australians. It is critical that there should be no backsliding from reform principles. During a similar or...
The capricious nature of our nation’s water resources was evident during 2011–16, with:
record rainfall and record dryness at local, regional and state scales
extended and extensive flooding
national water storage levels varying from above 80 per cent to below 50 per cent
Effectiveness of management
The National Water Initiative has set the water policy reform agenda for the past decade, following on from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Water Reform...
Population and economic growth also drive consumption, causing increased demand for resources, particularly land (see Increased urban footprint), energy and water. The overall...
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