Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges Water Allocation Plan

A new water allocation plan (WAP) for the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges (EMLR) was adopted by the Honourable Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation on 17 December 2013 under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

The EMLR WAP was developed by the community-based SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board in conjunction with landholders, scientists and all three levels of government.

This plan covers the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges prescribed area and incorporates the Angas Bremer Prescribed Wells Area, as illustrated on the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges WAP prescribed water resources area map (237kb pdf).

The water allocation plan aims to:

  • protect the resource for all water users and the environment, now and into the future
  • provide greater certainty for water users.

Water resources in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges were prescribed in 2005. Work began soon after to develop a water allocation plan that would guide the fair and sustainable management of water resources across the region. Extensive community and industry involvement occurred and was integral to the planning process.

As a statutory requirement, all water allocation plans are reviewed at least once every ten years and involve input from communities, industry groups and key stakeholders.

More information:

A CD of the plan can be mailed to you on request from mid January 2014 – please phone the SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Centre to request a copy on 8532 9100.

Printed copies of the plan will be available for viewing at natural resources centres and local council libraries in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region from mid January 2014.

Further information

For more information about the planning process, dam permits or general water affecting activity permit enquiries please call 8391 7500 or email us.

Find out more about the water licence roll-out online, call us on 8463 6844, or email the Customer Response Team.

For information about licensing, metering, or well permits, call us on 8595 2353.

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