Stream flow management plans
These plans are prepared for Water Supply Protection Areas (WSPA) declared by the Minister for Water in catchments where the water supply is considered under stress. They are developed by an advisory committee that includes Melbourne Water, local landholders, local diverters and relevant agencies, and are approved by the government and reviewed every five years.
The plans specify:
licence conditions to protect the environment or other water users
total volume of water that can be diverted each year
trading rules for transferring water entitlements into, and within, a catchment