Operation Orange Falcon swoops on alleged water law breaches in Cowra and surrounds

Operation Orange Falcon.
Operation Orange Falcon.

Operation Orange Falcon swooped into Cowra this month with the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) targeting regulatory priorities in the Murray-Darling Basin.

The NRAR attended 15 alleged breaches of water law within the broader Cowra, Canowindra and Forbes areas and while no offences were detected in relation to four alleged breaches, a formal warning was issued in relation to another.

NRAR's Director Regional Water Regulation, Graeme White, said the remaining 10 alleged breaches were under active investigation.

"The fact the state is struggling through one of the worst droughts on record means that ensuring fair access to water for regional communities, water users and the environment is even more critical," he said.

"In times of scarce supply every drop counts. NRAR's role in ensuring compliance with water laws is more important than ever and we will continue to have boots on the ground in key areas."

Water take, controlled activities and floodworks were the main allegations investigated in Operation Orange Eagle with 16 officers travelling more than 9000km, visiting 46 locations across the state's central west.

Mr White said the NRAR had never hesitated to employ strong regulatory responses where appropriate.

"The NRAR's regulatory priorities and are designed not only to detect instances of non-compliance but to prevent it as well by ensuring water users are aware of their obligations for accessing and using water," he said.

To make a confidential report on suspected water misuse, contact the NRAR Hotline on 1800 633 362 or email nrar.enquiries@nrar.nsw.gov.au.