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  • Icon Site Environmental Management Plan 2006–2007

  • Published by Murray-Darling Basin Commission Postal Address GPO Box 409, Canberra ACT 2601 Office location Level 5, 15 Moore Street, Canberra City Australian Capital Territory Telephone (02) 6279 0100 international + 61 2 6279 0100 Facsimile (02) 6248 8053 international + 61 2 6248 8053 E-Mail info@mdbc.gov.au Internet http://www.mdbc.gov.au For further information contact the Murray-Darling Basin Commission office on (02) 6279 0100 This report may be cited as: The Barmah-Millewa Forest Icon Site Environmental Management Plan 2006-2007 MDBC Publication No. 30/06 ISBN 1 921038 96 9 © Copyright Murray-Darling Basin Commission 2006 This work is copyright. Graphical and textual information in the work (with the exception of photographs and the MDBC logo) may be stored, retrieved and reproduced in whole or in part, provided the information is not sold or used for commercial benefit and its source The Barmah-Millewa Forest Icon Site Environmental Management Plan 2006-2007 is acknowledged. Such reproduction includes fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968. Reproduction for other purposes is prohibited without prior permission of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission or the individual photographers and artists with whom copyright applies. To the extent permitted by law, the copyright holders (including its employees and consultants) exclude all liability to any person for any consequences, including but not limited to all losses, damages, costs, expenses and any other compensation, arising directly or indirectly from using this report (in part or in whole) and any information or material contained in it. The development of an environmental management plan for The Barmah-Millewa Forest cannot, and is not intended to, affect or diminish any existing private rights to own or occupy land within the region covered by the plan, or the way in which such land is used in future.

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    Contents LIST OF FIGURES ............................................................................................................................................ IV

    LIST OF TABLES ................................................................................................................................................V

    ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS ...........................................................................................................VI

    GLOSSARY....................................................................................................................................................... VII

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY................................................................................................................................. IX

    1 INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................................................ 1 1.1 THE LIVING MURRAY............................................................................................................................. 1 1.2 THE BARMAH-MILLEWA ICON SITE ....................................................................................................... 1 1.3 PURPOSE AND STRUCTURE OF THE LIVING MURRAY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR

    BARMAH-MILLEWA ICON SITE............................................................................................................... 1 PART A – STRATEGIC PLAN........................................................................................................................... 4

    2 ICON SITE DESCRIPTION....................................................................................................................... 5 2.1 AREA, TENURE AND LAND MANAGEMENT .............................................................................................. 5 2.2 THE CADELL TILT AND BARMAH CHOKE ............................................................................................... 6 2.3 VEGETATION COMMUNITIES & ASSOCIATED HABITAT VALUES .............................................................. 7 2.4 HYDROLOGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT............................................................................................... 7 2.5 VALUES................................................................................................................................................ 11

    3 WATER MANAGEMENT ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ......................................................... 13 3.1 CROSS-BORDER WATER MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS ..................................................................... 13 3.2 FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS ................................................................................................................ 16 3.3 ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR OPERATING THE RIVER MURRAY SYSTEM .................................... 16

    4 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ............................................................................................................. 18 4.1 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY ............................................................................................... 18 4.2 OBJECTIVES.......................................................................................................................................... 18 4.3 PRIORITIES ........................................................................................................................................... 18 4.4 INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT .................................................................................................................. 19

    5 OBJECTIVES AND TARGETS............................................................................................................... 21 5.1 TLM INTERIM ECOLOGICAL OBJECTIVE FOR BARMAH-MILLEWA ICON SITE....................................... 21 5.2 REFINED ECOLOGICAL OBJECTIVES ..................................................................................................... 21 5.3 ECOLOGICAL TARGETS......................................................................................................................... 21 5.4 PROCESS FOR DETERMINING AND REVIEWING WHOLE-OF-ICON SITE OBJECTIVES AND TARGETS ......... 22

    6 WATER REQUIREMENTS OF THE ICON SITE................................................................................ 23 6.1 BROAD DESCRIPTION OF BARMAH-MILLEWA ICON SITE WATER REQUIREMENTS................................. 23 6.2 WATER REQUIREMENTS TO ACHIEVE OBJECTIVES ................................................................................ 27

    7 WATER MANAGEMENT OPTIONS..................................................................................................... 28 7.1 EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL WATER ..................................................................................................... 28 7.2 RECOVERED ENVIRONMENTAL WATER ................................................................................................. 29 7.3 ENVIRONMENTAL WORKS AND MEASURES ........................................................................................... 29 7.4 LINKS TO THE LIVING MURRAY ENVIRONMENTAL WATERING PLAN .................................................. 29

    8 THREATS, LEGAL RISKS AND AMELIORATIVE MEASURES .................................................... 31 8.1 MANAGEMENT OF RISK AND LEGAL ISSUES .......................................................................................... 31 8.2 COMPLEMENTARY MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES...................................................................................... 31 8.3 LEGAL RISKS AND AMELIORATIVE MEASURES ...................................................................................... 33

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    9 MONITORING AND REPORTING........................................................................................................ 34 9.1 MONITORING AND EVALUATION........................................................................................................... 34 9.2 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ................................................................................................................. 34

    10 ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT.............................................................................................................. 35

    PART B – ANNUAL OPERATING PLAN 2006-2007 .................................................................................... 37

    1 ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITION ......................................................................................................... 38 1.1 RECENT ICON SITE FLOODING HISTORY................................................................................................ 38 1.2 CURRENT STATUS OF ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES .................................................................................. 39

    2 WATER MANAGEMENT PRIORITIES ............................................................................................... 41 2.1 PRIORITY WATER MANAGEMENT AREAS............................................................................................. 41 2.2 PRIORITY SITES..................................................................................................................................... 41

    3 TRIGGERS FOR WATER APPLICATION........................................................................................... 42 3.1 ‘NEW’ TLM WATER APPLICATION......

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