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Why is the Murray River important to South Australia?

Why is the Murray River important to South Australia?

More than 3 million Australians rely on the Murray-Darling Basin rivers for drinking water, including Canberra and Adelaide. Home to more than 40 Aboriginal Nations with deep cultural, social, environmental, spiritual and economic connection to their lands and waters.

Why is the Murray Darling river important to Australia?

As it flows through the Murray–Darling Basin, water does many different jobs. It sustains plants and animals, communities, and industries like agriculture and tourism. Water from the rivers of the Basin has transformed dry land into productive farmlands that contribute $24 billion to the Australian economy every year.

Why do people use the Murray River?

Irrigation is the largest user of water from the River Murray system. An annual average of approximately 3,780 GL is currently diverted from rivers under Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) control to irrigate a total area of 470,000 ha. New South Wales is currently the largest user of water.

How is the River Murray important to South Australia?

The River Murray is central to the social and economic structure of the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin region. The river corridor is home to more than 90,000 people who rely on the prosperity of their local industries to sustain their communities.

Why is SARMs important to the Murray Darling basin?

SARMS is helping to secure the future health of the South Australian River Murray region and supporting the growth of strong and sustainable irrigation communities. The River Murray is central to the social and economic structure of the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin region.

How is salt diverted from the Murray Darling River?

We manage salt interception schemes in South Australia on behalf of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to divert saline groundwater and drainage water before it enters rivers. Since 1988, these schemes have prevented approximately half a million tonnes of salt from reaching the River Murray each year.

Why is the Murray Darling important to the environment?

The Murray Mouth is the only site where salt, silt, nutrients and other contaminants can be flushed from the entire Murray-Darling Basin out to sea. The barrages are used to coordinate releases of water to flush pollutants from the system and prevent sea water from entering the freshwater Lower Lakes during times of low river flows.