Should Blue-billed Duck be listed as at least Near Threatened?

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Subject: Should Blue-billed Duck be listed as at least Near Threatened?
From: "iandowling" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 17:42:29 +1000
Hi Peter
I can only pass on Melbourne Waters position. Their policy is to cover all water storages for reasons of safety. Rather impractical for Devilbend. Added reasons are that Devilbend is shallow and water is subject to differential heating making poor for drinking, waterbirds help to contribute to excessive bacteria and difficult to treat to latest requirements, Devilbend has no good catchment to speak of and the Dam wall no longer meets modern standards. Besides they have just spent $60 million duplicating the pipeline from Cardinia to keep us Peninsula ites supplied with water. I argee it seems crazy but there is no turning back.
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