Reliable Surface Water in NSW

This map was created by the Department of Primary Industries (Office of Water) in 2013 to identify areas in NSW with a reliable surface water supply. Land with reliable surface water was defined as areas:

  • buffering all regulated rivers and creeks by 150 metres,
  • buffering unregulated rivers and creeks with a 5th stream order or higher, by 150 metres,
  • buffering 3rd and 4th stream order unregulated rivers and creeks, by 150 metres

Reliable surface water mapping along with two other datasets (rainfall of 350mm for more per annum - 9 out of 10 years and highly productive groundwater) are used to identify land with access to a reliable water supply, forming part of the regional and site level assessment classification of Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land (BSAL).

Under the Mining SEPP, all State Significant Development applications require a Site Verification Certificate to determine if their site contains any BSAL and therefore requiring further assessment from the Mining and Petroleum Gateway Panel. This process is managed by Planning and Assessment, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and are custodian of the dataset.

A pdf map and GIS shapefile of this dataset is accessible from the resources section of the metadata.

Organisation: Department of Planning and Environment

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Additional Info

Metadata template type Vector
Asset Type Dataset
Edition 1.0
Purpose One intended purpose is to be used as part of the Site Verification Certificate (SVC) process to determine if land contains Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land.
Update Frequency Not planned
OEH Service Landscapes and Aquatic Ecosystems
Keywords WATER-Groundwater,WATER-Quality
Vector representation
Record 1
Object type
Object count
Geospatial Topic Environment
NSW Place Name New South Wales
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Dataset extent

Temporal Coverage From 2004-01-07 - 2013-01-07
Datum GDA94 Geographic (Lat\Long)
Licence Creative Commons Attribution
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Attribution Department of Planning and Environment asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and Department of Planning and Environment 2021"