The Ecological Outcomes of Flow Regimes Project commenced in July 2008 and was funded by the National Water Commission through its Raising National Water Standards Program. The National Water Initiative (NWI) requires that surface water and groundwater systems of high conservation value are identified and appropriately managed. Further, it is a requirement that over-allocated systems are returned to environmentally sustainable levels.
Deciding on appropriate management regimes requires an understanding of the relationships between the condition of aquatic ecosystems and flow regimes, and the provision of management frameworks and tools that assist the resource manager(s) in policy, planning and resource allocation decisions. This project explores the science underpinning many ecological responses linked to changes in river flows, which are required for management practices, through analysis of existing empirical datasets in the Murray-Darling Basin.