More than 2,700 gigalitres of water was delivered for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin in 2017/18.
Minister for Water Resources David Littleproud said the latest Basin Plan Annual Report showed the Basin Plan was working.
“Environmental releases have helped improve wetland vegetation and provide better habitat for bugs, fish, waterbirds and more,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Water releases were strategically used to best boost the environment in rivers and floodplains right across the Basin.
“This water supports fish, animals and plants that depend on healthy rivers to feed, nest and grow.
“It also provides social, recreational and economic benefits to Basin communities.
“The Plan helps us give native fish and other fauna the best chance to recover from periods of drought.
“The report also shows a number of significant achievements including improvements in compliance and enforcement across the system and a strengthening of engagement with indigenous people in water management and planning.
“The Plan is complex and ambitious. While it shows good progress, more work is needed to restore the Basin’s rivers to health.”
Source: Australian Government