- Urban Development
- Stormwater Management
- Loss of Biodiversity and Native Vegetation
- Erosion and Sedimentation
- Riparian Zone Management
- Rural land management
- Wetland degradation and loss
- Degradation of the Riparian Zone including Channel Structure Decline
- Sedimentation, Loss of Vegetation and Stream Bank Erosion
- Degradation, Loss and Fragmentation of Native Vegetation Cover and Terrestrial, Riverine, Estuarine and Wetland Habitat and Biodiversity
- High Levels of Induced Silinity in Rvers, Groundwater and Soil
- Soil Degradation including Rill, Sheet and Gully Erosion, mass movement and Exposed Acid Sulfate Soils
National Water Initiative
In 1994, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) responded to growing concern about the alarming state of many Australian river systems and realized that the solution was an establishment of new policies and some institutional changes.
The result was a national policy for the efficient and sustainable reform of Australia’s rural and urban water industries was developed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) called the COAG Water Reform Framework. The NWI outlines what reforms need to be undertaken and timeframes for doing so, but it is formulated in a way that each state can implement their own reform.
Click here for an overview of the NWI
The National Water Commission overseas the implementation of the NWI and monitors its implementation in each state. Click here to access the NSW water reform website.