The topics in this theme describe how water resources are used in NSW and the condition of freshwater and marine ecosystems.

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Water Resources

Following high flows in most rivers during 2016–17, conditions have become drier.

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River Health

The overall condition of rivers across NSW is rated as moderate.

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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.

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Overall extractions from all NSW metered groundwater sources are mostly within the long-term average annual extraction limits.

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Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Ecosystems

Water quality and ecosystem health in the marine environment is generally good.