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River Basin Management Plan Secures Water for the Environment

Science  07 Dec 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6112, pp. 1273-1274
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6112.1273

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In the scramble to secure water for drinking and agriculture, the environment often gets overlooked. Australia is aiming to set an example of how to balance all three needs in its agricultural heartland. The Murray-Darling basin plan, adopted last week, seeks to use technical advice and government involvement at all levels to serve the needs of four Australian states' vast ecology and their people.