The topics in this theme describe how water resources are used in NSW and the condition of freshwater and marine ecosystems.
For an overview of this theme, including Aboriginal perspectives click on the heading.
The period 2018 to 2020 encompassed some of the most extreme weather ever experienced. Water extraction fell quickly and significantly less environmental water was delivered into inland rivers.
The overall condition of rivers across NSW is rated as moderate.
A return to drier weather conditions from 2017 affected the health of some wetland areas and reduced opportunities for waterbird breeding.
Overall average annual extraction from metered groundwater sources in NSW is being managed under the compliance rules in water sharing plans.
Water quality and ecosystem health in marine and beach environments are generally good.