Fears for river’s future

A PLAN to radically change how the Menindee Lakes work in a bid to save water doesn’t have to be implemented until 2024, according to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

But farmers along the lower Darling, their Murray River counterparts, recreational anglers and environmentalists in Sunraysia are still anxious to find out what the changes will mean for the security of water in the river.

No detail was given at Monday’s basin plan public meeting in Mildura about what the trigger levels will be changed to or how the plan to use water at Menindee more quickly will affect golden perch and Murray cod populations.

It’s feared changes to the lakes will cause the lower Darling River to dry up more often, bringing permanent horticulture between Ellerslie and Menindee to an end.

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