Water affecting activities
Water resources in the SA Arid Lands are precious and need to be managed sustainably as some activities can have an adverse impact on the health and condition of water resources, on other water users and the ecosystems that depend on our water resources. These activities are called water affecting activities and the administration of water affecting activities (WAAs) is guided by the Water Affecting Activities Control Policy, a regulatory requirement under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 to ensure the Board meets its role in the responsible management of water resources.
Why manage our regional WAAs?
Looking after water resources is important to ensuring the health of the plants, animals and people who rely on them now and into the future. This is particularly critical in our arid environment. These water resources include watercourses with rivers and creeks often consisting of braided channels, waterholes and broad floodplains, lakes that range from typically dry salt beds, clay pans through to temporary waterholes, rock holes, wetlands and springs, including the iconic Great Artesian Basin mound springs. Managing activities that may affect these water resources is important to protecting and maintaining the health of these resources, and requires a commitment from everyone.
What activities require a permit?
WAAs that may require a permit include (but are not limited to):
- the construction or enlargement of dams, or other structures that collect or divert water
- building or placing of structures, including the placing of objects to control erosion, construction of water crossings or dumping of material in or near a watercourse, lake or wetland
- excavating or removing rock, sand or soil from a floodplain, watercourse, lake, waterhole or rock hole, e.g. excavating or cleaning, soaks, waterholes, rock holes or dams.
- draining or discharging water into a watercourse or lake, or building infrastructure that will convey this water into a watercourse or lake.
Do I need a permit?
If you have any questions about whether you need to apply for a permit, or the permit application and process, please contact us on 8429 9666.
Permit application forms
Water project officer