Queensland’s Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Dr Steven Miles, has released a code of practice for the release of stored water from privately owned farm storages to receiving waters in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin.
The code was produced by the Queensland Government and Cotton Australia in conjunction with the Queensland Farmers’ Federation, Smartrivers and Border Rivers Food and Fibre.
The code will provide storage operators and environmental managers with greater opportunities for managing environmental outcomes, while minimising social and economic impacts on communities that rely on irrigation.
Importantly, the code lists ways water users can achieve compliance with the general environmental duty in the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld).
While the Code is a stand-alone document, many elements have been ‘borrowed’ from the industry’s myBMP (Best Management Practices) program
To download a copy of the code and accompanying explanatory guide, click here