Murray lakes

To: "'Steve Potter'" <>, <>
Subject: Murray lakes
From: "Gregory Little" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2008 10:44:29 +1000

Yes, I think most realise that over thousands of years, and longer of
course, many of our rivers would naturally experience periods of
prolonged dry and flooding flows etc. The wildlife dependent on the
rivers would be adapted to this condition. The trouble from my
understanding for the Murray system is that there is now less water
getting through to the ocean as a flush because it is being taken out
for irrigation or redirected for other purposes. In addition in the
water there are more chemicals from fertilizers and herbicides etc and
effluent from people and stock plus the regular flooding and drying
regimes required by the adjacent natural native vegetation does not now
occur and a lot of that native vegetation is now cleared or disturbed.

Greg Little

Greg Little - Principal Consultant
General Flora and Fauna
PO Box 526
Wallsend, NSW, 2287, Australia
Ph    02 49 556609
Fx    02 49 556671

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Steve Potter
Sent: Friday, 8 August 2008 10:14 AM
Subject: Murray lakes

Peter et al,

Questions in my mind.

I am under the impression from farmers over 60 years old who remember
stuff, that prior to the building of weirs etc, the "river" Murray was
actually not a river all. It was in a time of abundance of rain, but in
times of some very dry seasons, just a series of pools. True??

As a surfer in this area I have many memories (last 25 years) of times
the river mouth was closed and times when they opened the barrages
around every 10 years) and cut a nice channel through the mouth. I know
we all waited for it as it produced an excellent sand headland for

With this in mind, is the current lack of water in the lower lakes such
big deal? If the above is true then this has been happening for decades
is cyclic?? 

If we look at the last flood stats over the last 60 years, there seems
have been some big ones even in the 1990's so who to say we wont have
another "clean up" flood in the next 5 years??


Steve Potter
Blackwood, South Australia


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