he Murray–Darling Basin Authority's principal aim is to manage the Basin's water resources in the national interest.The establishment of the MDBA means that, for the first time, a single agency is now responsible for planning integrated management of the water resources of the Murray–Darling Basin. In December 2008, MDBA assumed responsibility for all of the functions of the former Murray–Darling Basin Commission.
According to The Functions, Framework and Personnel Size of the Ministry of Water Resources (State Document No. 87, 1998) approved by the State Council, the laws and the regulations concerned, the Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) is an agency of the Ministry of Water Resources in charge of the Yellow River basin and the inland river basins in such province as Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu and Inner Mongolia. YRCC, on behalf of the Ministry of Water Resources, takes on the responsibilities of water administration in these basins.