The intention of the proposed National Environmental Standard on Ecological Flows and Water Levels and where it is at.
Intention of the proposed NES
The intention of the proposed National Environmental Standard on Ecological Flows and Water Levels (proposed NES) was to:
- promote consistency in the way we decide whether the variability and quantity of water flowing in rivers, ground water systems, lakes and wetlands is sufficient.
The aim was to do this by:
- setting interim limits on the alteration to flows and/or water levels where limits have not been imposed through regional plans or water conservation orders.
- providing a process for selecting the appropriate technical methods for evaluating the ecological component of environmental flows and water levels.
Where it is at
The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (Freshwater NPS) has new direction for setting environmental flows and levels. As part of the implementation of the Freshwater NPS, we are working with councils to determine the future of this proposed NES.
Find out more about the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020.