Overuse, pollution, increased salinity, and drought are threatening the water resources of Australia’s Murray-Darling River Basin (“MDB”), a drainage of twenty-three rivers that is home to more than two million people and generates nearly forty percent of Australia’s agricultural revenue. To address these threats, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (“MDBA”) submitted the Guide to the Basin Plan (“Guide”) for public comment in October 2010, sparking controversy between the government and MDB’s agricultural communities. The Guide’s comprehensive sustainable water management strategies seek to balance human and environmental water needs.
Axelrod, Joshua. "Water Crisis in the Murray-Darling Basin: Australia Attempts to Balance Agricultural Need with Environmental Reality." Sustainable Development Law & Policy 12, no. 1 (2011): 12, 51, 53.