The Water Resource Management During Extreme Dry Conditions Policy is a Ministerial policy under section 8 of the Water Management Act, that sets out water resource management procedures to be implemented in Tasmania during extreme dry conditions. This will ensure an appropriate balance between consumptive water needs and environmental water needs under these circumstances.
The Policy simply directs how the provisions of the Water Management Act, and water management plans more broadly, are to be implemented in regard to specific water availability circumstances under extreme dry conditions.
This means that through an adaptive management approach, farmers may be able to take water for irrigation at times when they would otherwise be prevented from doing so, were the long‑term based provisions of the water resource management system strictly adhered to.
Water Resource Management During Extreme Dry Conditions Policy (286Kb)
Review of the implementation of the Ministerial Policy during 2015-16
There is a requirement that the Water Resource Management During Extreme Dry Conditions Policy be reviewed within six months after each implementation period.
A report has been prepared on the review of the Policy’s implementation during 2015-16 and details what actions were taken under the Policy during the period. The report also makes a number of recommendations to support future implementation.
Review of the implementation of Ministerial policy 2015/1 Water Resource Management during extreme dry conditions during 2015-16
Two reports outline the ecological and hydrological effects of the extreme dry conditions during 2015-16.
2015-2016 Statewide Dry Season Hydrology Review
Effects of dry climatic conditions during 2015/16 on rivers in Tasmania