Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research (MDB EWKR) Project
The ground-breaking Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research Project is a six-year project established by the Australian Government to give water agencies the information they need to confidently and continually adjust the volume and timing of water flowing in streams, rivers and floodplains in tune with changing environmental conditions, to protect and restore healthy and productive aquatic ecosystems.
This website outlines the MDB EWKR Project’s research in important ecosystems throughout the expansive Murray-Darling Basin, which extends across four states from South Australia to Queensland. This area contains a diverse range of ecosystems that rely to some extent on flows of the Murray-Darling river system for their survival.
We have created these web pages as an introduction to the Project, with links to more detailed information. For updates on MDB EWKR activities, see the Resources page. We hope you find the information useful but if you are interested in finding out more or have any questions please email the Project Manager, Jessica Davison at firstname.lastname@example.org
EWKR aims to support the complex and evolving needs of the Basin’s environmental water managers to improve their environmental water management, that is, to more effectively and efficiently achieve Basin Plan objectives in diverse systems that experience changing conditions, including floods and droughts.
The EWKR Project has three phases:
Building from a collaborative base
The research will support the Commonwealth’s collaborative approach to managing environmental water in the Basin, in particular:
The research will also promote collaboration among research institutions, generating new knowledge of the complex responses of aquatic ecosystems to changes in flows across a range of spatial and temporal scales.
The research program will investigate
Making a difference
We expect the research to make a substantial difference to the ability of water agencies to assess and understand incremental changes in ecological health over the medium to long-term. It will strengthen their operations and planning in the following ways:
The research is part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan’s environmental, adaptive management, and reporting objectives.