Farmers fear river will run dry soon

FARMERS fear the lower Darling River could run out of water by the end of next year if the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) releases large volumes of water from the Menindee Lakes.

Jamesville horticulturist Alan Whyte, pictured, said the lower Darling River would dry up by late 2018 if the MDBA allowed the Menindee Lakes to be drawn down to 480GL, the trigger point at which management of the lakes become the sole responsibility of NSW.

There was 788GL in the Menindee Lakes last Friday.

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