Save The Murray: Remove The Barrages

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Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SAVE THE MURRAY: REMOVE THE BARRAGES


The Australian Environment Foundation today called for innovative thinking to help

restore confidence in the future of the Murray Darling Basin

by discussing the

benefits of removing the barrages at the Lower Lakes.


Former chair of the AEF, biologist Dr Jennifer Marohasy said “It is difficult to believe

the claims in the Basin Guide released last week that the solution to all the problems

of the Murray Darling Basin lies in taking more water from communities.”


“It will be of limited value to the environment to buyback between 3000

and 7600

gigalitres of water for the Lower Lakes and the Murray mouth while the massive steel

barrages effectively block ninety per cent of the natural flows to the Southern Ocean.


The least worst scenario

for communities

in the Basin Guide allocates 2000 of the

3000 gigalitres returned to

the environment to Murray River outflows,

thereby

propping up a man-made artificial environment created 70 years ago with the

construction of the barrages.  This will be achieved at the expense of upstream

natural environments, communities and food production.


“All of the discussion on improving the health of the basin has focused on a

reallocation of water rather than the alleged benefits

of

keeping the Lower Lakes a

freshwater system.  


“Remove

the barrages and return the lakes to their natural estuarine state for the

sake of the environment in the whole basin” said Dr Marohasy.


The health of the Murray and the basin will be a feature of a presentation to the AEF

annual conference in Brisbane this weekend.  Dr Marohasy will detail the natural

environment of the Lower Lakes prior to the construction of the barrages and dispel

some of the myths about the health of the Murray in her presentation to the

conference.


The Murray: A fresh perspective




 



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ENDS –


Media Contact: Dr Jennifer Marohasy 0418 873 222      Max Rheese 0428 621320


The Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) is a not-for-profit, membership-based

environment organisation having no political affiliation.  The AEF is a different kind of

environment group, caring for both Australia & Australians.  Many of our members

are practical environmentalists –

people who actively use and also care for the

environment.  We accept that environmental protection and sustainable resource use

are generally compatible. For more information about the AEF visit www.aefweb.info



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