Friday, April 25, 2008

Heavy Metals threatening the Murray

The return of flow in the first instance could come from putting every irrigation channel into pipes. The evaporation and seepage which is assisting in leeching these chemicals would be reduced.
Unlike the sting pulled by Victoria where a saving of 800 billion litres is being touted, not one litre is programmed back to the River flow.I now see that water trading licences are being set up in Melbourne. The sting continues.
Having said that the open channels that exist across the entire basin represent billions of litres wasted by poor management. One suspects that if no increase in allocation and a continued buyback occurs there maybe sufficient water.
I am yet to here of any engineering works such as this being programmed in NSW or Queensland.
The other thing that is annoying when according to a report done by the University of New South Wales there are over 2000 kms of illegal dams and levee's diverting flow from the River, whom is going to take responsibility for removing these environmentally damaging structures. Peter Garret's Office and Penny Wong's Office will not even respond to letters on this matter let alone the NSW Premier's Office.
I fear our politicians who can make a difference are hiding their head in the Sand or secretly doing Rain dances in the hope we get a flood.John Venus has pointed out his concerns on this matter - follow this link or see his comments in the shared articles listing over on the right hand side of this blog.
There are also many schemes that have suggested pumping water from the Northern Rivers (only in times of flood mitigation) that could well support flows throughout the basin. The programs I have been privy to also included generating Green Power as means of making the whole scheme instantly viable. Still we watch the flood warnings right now and gigalitres flowing uselessly, causing massive damage, out to sea.
The problem is fixable and we do not need to see stupidity that almost killed the Snowy River repeated. The water is available, the gumption to fix it severely lacking. For God's sake act and act decisively.
The question of crop sustainability along the River Basin needs to be addressed but lets look at where the additional water maybe sourced sensibly.

1 comment:

Sam - BBC News said...

Hello - I'm writing from the BBC News website. We're really eager to get pictures of the Murray-Darling river basin and talk to farmers who have been affected by the drought in that area. If you think you could help please email yournewsasia@bbc.co.uk. We'd love to hear from you about the issues you blog about. Best wishes and look forward to hearing from you, Sam - BBC News website