Highlights from World Water Day: Cotton Australia
Cotton Australia shared that Australia is the most water efficient producer of cotton in the world, and is continuing to invest in research to improve water use efficiency. The Australian cotton industry achieved a 40% increase in water efficiencies in the decade to 2013.
On average cotton farms have approximately 42 percent of their land dedicated to native vegetation. More than 42,000 birds representing 45 species were found on farm water storages in the Gwydir Valley, 153 bird species were found in natural vegetation in the Namoi Valley, and 450 species of invertebrates have been recorded in one cotton field during the summer. 
Photo courtesy of Cotton Australia
The environment is the single largest customer of Murray Irrigation, which has the largest geographic footprint of all irrigation infrastructure operators in NSW. Through their agreement with the Office of Environment and Heritage, they are able to deliver environmental flows into the Edward River, Jimaringle-Cockran and Gwynnes Creeks and the Tuppal Creek. They also deliver both environmental and operational water into the Wakool River and Billabong Creek (which also service numerous communities in their footprint).
Murray Irrigation has also been working with local farmers and environmental water managers to deliver water through the Murray Private Wetlands Watering Program since its inception in the early 2000s.