The topics in this theme describe how water resources are used in NSW and the condition of freshwater and marine ecosystems.
Following high flows in most rivers during 2016–17, conditions have become drier.
The overall condition of rivers across NSW is rated as moderate.
A return to drier weather conditions from 2017 has affected some wetland areas and waterbird breeding, but has been mitigated in those inland communities receiving environmental water.
Overall extractions from all NSW metered groundwater sources are mostly within the long-term average annual extraction limits.
Water quality and ecosystem health in the marine environment is generally good.