Water plan ‘too hard’

DEVELOPING a formal contingency plan for channel capacity issues in the Murray River has been thrown in the “too hard basket” for decades, Sunraysia horticulturists say.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has acknowledged the ability to supply enough water to meet irrigation­ needs through the Barmah Choke could be “tight” this summer, with high storage levels in Hume and Dartmouth reservoirs and the Menindee Lakes likely to revert to NSW control.

The MDBA this week said it was working with state governments on potential longer term mitigation measures to deal with the issue.

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