If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it
Fifty farming properties in the Border Rivers and Gwydir regions will partner with the NSW Government and receive free state-of-the-art floodplain harvesting measurement devices as licences are rolled out.
Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said this $2.5 million initiative will ensure accurate and reliable metering and telemetry in the Northern Murray-Darling Basin and other parts of the state.
“When it comes to managing water in NSW my view is healthy rivers, healthy farms and healthy communities. Not one or the other,” Mr Anderson said.
“NSW is the first state in the country to mandate accurate meters and telemetry for floodplain harvesting. By licensing and accurately measuring this form of water take, we’re returning water to the environment, supporting our industries and making sure the practice stays within legal and sustainable limits.
“That is why the Government will roll-out extensive in-field assessment of floodplain harvesting storage metering devices and telemetry devices with farmers getting to keep the equipment after the field tests are completed.
“Telemetry technology allows near-real-time monitoring of water use so everyone’s water rights are protected, and water users and the environment are getting their fair share.
“Regular monitoring of this equipment will be conducted to enable the government to check the accuracy of the measurement systems and ensure accurate measurement of floodplain harvesting.”
The measurement systems will be installed on a range of eligible properties across the Border Rivers and Gwydir Valley over four months starting in June. Regular monitoring of this equipment will be conducted to enable the government to check the accuracy of the measurement systems.
Under the proposed floodplain harvesting measurement rules, storages used for floodplain harvesting must be fitted with compliant, tamper-proof metering and telemetry equipment and signed off by a duly qualified person.
The amount of water that is taken against a floodplain harvesting licence is then determined by calculating the change in storage volume.
Participation in the telemetry trial is voluntary. Water users in the Border Rivers and Gwydir Valley who have been identified as eligible will be contacted by the Department of Planning and Environment.