Basin Salinity Management Strategy(BSMS)
The Basin Salinity Management Strategy Implementation Working Group (BSMS IWG) has developmented a set of Protocols to give effect to the revised Schedule C in the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement.
The Basin Salinity Management Strategy 2001-2015 (BSMS) was officially released by Minister Truss, Chairman of the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council on 17 September, as an appropriate measure under the Agreement to respond to the threats posed by salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Ministerial Council at Meeting Number 25 adopted a revised Schedule C to the Agreement (which had dealt with the statutory requirements of the former Salinity and Drainage Strategy) to facilitate the operation of the Basin Salinity Management Strategy.
The Basin Salinity Management Strategy Implementation Working Group (BSMS IWG) (comprising nominated representatives of each of the Contracting Governments and the Community Advisory Committee) has given a high priority to the development of appropriate Protocols to give effect to the revised Schedule C, and to ensure the effective implementation of the BSMS.
The primary audience is technical practitioners within each state who are involved in the development and implementation of salinity intervention works and measures within each State.
The Protocols give effect to Schedule C and support the nine key elements of the BSMS by providing a clear and unambiguous set of rules for dealing with matters specified in Schedule C, including (but not limited to):
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