Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) has completed its report on the full field trial of the Australian Water Stewardship Standard (Draft 2). The trial was the most comprehensive of any Australian Water Stewardship Standard to date. The project included Dairy Australia, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA), local farmers and Tatura Milk Industries (TMI). The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) also supported the project. The trial built on three previous workshops with CMAs and a Desktop Field Trial with TMI and the GBCMA to become a comprehensive ‘in the field’ evaluation of the Draft 2 Standard.
In the report a number of recommendations are made for the ongoing development of water stewardship standards. Additionally, the report observes where existing regional practices are good and where changes could improve current practice. Importantly, the trial has focused on how to deal with the complexity of compliance requirements for smaller producers, and the interaction of the Australian Standard with existing systems.
A copy of the full report is available here (4.8mb).