NSW defends water plan

THE government department responsible for a controversial floodplain harvesting policy in NSW has hit back at claims the plan could negatively affect the lower Darling’s water security.

The NSW Government, which intends to formalise water take from floodplains says the reform will actually improve the health of the river’s lower reaches.

The government says its plan to issue licences to farmers with earthworks built to capture water and direct it to on-farm storages would ensure any water harvested remained within a Murray-Darling Basin-wide cap on extractions.

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