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Salinity targets review: A process for developing objectives and targets

As part of the Basin planning process, MDBA is developing a Murray–Darling Basin Water Quality and Salinity Management Plan (WQSMP).

This review is the third in a series of four reports that documents the outcomes of a project conducted by Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) for MDBA to:

  • review the existing end-of-valley targets under the Basin Salinity Management Strategy and Schedule B to the Murray–Darling Basin Agreement (Water Act 2007) with the expectation of providing directions on future end-of-valley targets and potential directions to integrate the existing arrangements with the Basin Planning process
  • develop a process for setting salinity objectives and targets for inclusion in the WQSMP
  • recommend salinity targets and objectives for inclusion in the WQSMP.

This report provides a process from which to derive water salinity objectives and targets that will be applied to the development of the Basin Plan and to subsequent five yearly reviews of targets.