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Water for the future

News release
24 March 2014

Water availability and use is a critical issue on Kangaroo Island and decisions about water management policies need to be based on the best available data. The Kangaroo Island NRM Board is considering new water use limits and would like to inform the Island community about the development of these policies.

Why is there a need for new water use limits?

Following the adoption of the current Regional NRM Plan in September 2009, the Board contracted the CSIRO to conduct an independent scientific review of the Plan’s water resource management policies. The review concluded that the current policies used to determine water use limits on Kangaroo Island do not appear to provide adequate safeguards for aquatic and riverbank ecosystems during dry years.

In addition, the KI community expressed concern about the use of off-island data in the current water limits calculations and wanted policies to be based on more locally relevant information. Furthermore, as better forecasts about the likely impacts of climate change become available, it is important that this information be considered in developing water policies.

Addressing these issues

The Board has commenced work to review water use limits for the Kangaroo Island region. The new water use limits will be completed over the next 12 months. A targeted community survey has been posted to a number of landholders outside of the Island's townships to increase local input into the process of developing new water use limits. A questionnaire allows all community members to have their say about this and other critical issues.

Further information can be obtained from the Natural Resources Centre and we'll keep you informed as the project develops.

Independent scientific review of NRM Regional Plan water resources management policy

KI NRM Board response to independent CSIRO review into water resources management policy

Volume 3 KI NRM Regional Plan

Fact sheet on Sustainable Water Limits in South Australia

Kangaroo Island NRM Region Non-prescribed Surface Water Resources Assessment 2013