"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Murray-Darling Plan - Dam is a dirty word!

The Murray-Darling plan makes little sense to anyone with all parties unhappy to various degrees but none of them really looking at the problem logically. In the new management plan the provision of new dams is not mentioned but in a country where the droughts are followed by floods anyone with a modicum of intelligence would think that water storage should be a number one priority. The urban green view  that if we stop the farmers then the river will always flow is a complete myth as historically before large-scale irrigation the Murray regularly became a string of waterholes in drought times. In 2007 a plan was proposed to dam the Mole river which would allow release of water in dry times to the Murray system and I think the 9 billion dollars allocated would be wisely spent in increasing this kind of storage as suggested by the NSW Farmers Federation.

Potential for new dam sites and upgrades
Following the recent and widespread flooding that has occurred throughout much of the Murray Darling 
Basin (and beyond); discussion has understandably shifted to dams and their potential for flood 
mitigation.  The leader of the Federal Opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott, recently announced the 
establishment of a Coalition Dams and Water Management Task Group to consider this issue in greater 
detail.  This Task Group has called for submissions from interested parties by the 27th of May 2011, with 
the Association being approached as a key stakeholder in this discussion. 


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