Birding Aus <>
Laurence and Leanne Knight <>
Fri, 06 Oct 2000 20:49:43 +1000
Peter Waanders wrote:
> The reasoning behind the argument that restoring (part of) the Snowy's
> flow would deteriorate the Murray-Darling Basin is as follows:
> A proportion of River Murray water is diverted from the Snowy,
> increasing the quantity of water in the River Murray's water as well
> as the quality.
> It is widely feared in SA that if the Snowy would be allowed to
> (partly) flow again, the quantity of water entering the Murray would
> decrease with detrimental impacts on floodplains (already crying out
> for a decent flood) and water quality (already extremely turbid).
> I understand that the current Snowy's proposal includes no changes to
> the amount of water to enter the Murray, which would alleviate those
All the more reason for the water "leaches" on the Murray-Darling to get
their act together and stop abusing their resource. The bottom line is
that agriculture on the MD has been heavily subsidised over a number of
decades, and that subsidy is not sustainable. It is now time for MD
agriculture and everyone on benefits from its produce to pay up.
The bottom line is that until we get our natural resource management in
order [and that includes fresh water usage], a lot of our bird species
are going to be under the hammer.
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