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Victoria growing opposition to recent $1 billion plan for irrigation upgrades in the state’s Goulburn Murray region, including a pipeline to Melbourne

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

As the state government attempts to conclude six months of negotiations with the federal government, there is growing opposition to its recently announced $1 billion plan for irrigation upgrades in the state’s Goulburn Murray region, including a pipeline to Melbourne reported The Australian Financial Review (13/7/2007, p. 19). Read the rest of this entry »

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Turnbull plays different tunes on Chaffey upgrade grant issue – calls fed grant for Chaffey upgrade ‘contingent’ in parliament but changes tune to ‘all clear’ after angry response from local electorate

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

According to Lenore Taylor, in The Australian Financial Review, (26/09/2007, p.11), the federal government appeared to be saying one thing in Canberra about its tough stance on protecting the Murray Darling and another to voters in the NSW electorate of New England over the issue of federal grant for work to increase the capacity of the Chaffey Dam near Tamworth, where the Nationals were seeking to win back from long-serving independent Tony Windsor. Read the rest of this entry »

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October emergency: dry, hot Murray Darling: no irrigation water, maybe no town or stock water, either – crisis conditions extend, levels lower than 1957

Posted by waterweek on 9 October 2007

MBD

Storages lowest since 1957: At September 30, the total volume of water stored in River Murray System storages was 2130 GL (23 per cent ), which is the lowest for this time of year since 1957, before the construction of Dartmouth Reservoir and Menindee Lakes storage, and the expansion of Hume Dam. At this time last year storage totalled 3350 GL. Read the rest of this entry »

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Water wizards tell Ministers how to ensure enough Murray Darling water for critical needs in 2008-09

Posted by waterweek on 9 October 2007

The Murray-Darling Basin Dry Inflow Contingency Planning; Overview Report to First Ministers, September 2007 was a report in which the Senior Officials’ Group listed five principles to underpin measures (including the possibility of a reserve) to ensure there is enough water available to run the river and for critical needs in 2008-09. Read the rest of this entry »

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Low flows make the rule-change possible: NSW-Vic water-trading at Barmah Choke on the Murray River

Posted by waterweek on 9 October 2007

Extra water was now flowing downstream of the Barmah Choke on the Murray River, following a decision by the Victorian and NSW governments to allow water trade across the natural barrier. It allows water in the upstream section to be available on the market to downstream buyers. Trade constraints were being lifted because of the continuing dry seasonal conditions, low irrigation allocations and spare capacity in the Choke. Victorian Water Minister, Tim Holding, said the two governments agreed to lift normal constraints on water trade on the Barmah Choke following a request from the Murray-Darling Basin Commission to allow limited trade in water allocations below the Choke.

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Increase for high security irrigators in the Murrumbidgee Valley as Snowy Jindabyne release arrives

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The Department of Water and Energy, on 2 October 2007 advised High security licence holders within the Murrumbidgee Regulated Water Sharing Plan area were advised of an increase in available water determination (AWD) from 60 per cent to 75 per cent of entitlement.

Town water increased to 70 per cent: The AWD for Stock and Domestic licence holders had also increased from 50 per cent to 100 per cent of entitlement and town water supplies has been increased to 70 per cent. These improvements were due in part to additional water from the Snowy Mountains Scheme which can now be delivered into the Murrumbidgee, and in part to inflows into Burrinjuck Dam which have receded more slowly than anticipated.

End of monthly allocations of critical survival water: This increase triggered the end of monthly allocations of critical survival water for high security users, however there was currently still not enough water for an allocation to be made for general security users. High security licence holders may carry over up to 15 per cent of their unused entitlement into the 2008/09 season. Recent rain in the region is still well below average. All water users need to remain conservative with water use and encouraged to remain on level 3a water restrictions., Further information relating to the water availability in the Murrumbidgee Valley will be made on the 15th of each month via the Murrumbidgee Critical Water Communiques.
These communiques are available from the Departments website http://www.dnr.nsw.gov.au via Whats New on the homepage.

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Sunburnt country: 60 to 70 per cent chance of a dry October to December 2007 for South Eastern Australia

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

South Eastern Australia and Tasmania and the far southeastern coastal fringe of the mainland had a 30 to 40 per cent chance of exceeding the three-month median rainfall. This means that below-normal falls have a 60 to 70per cent chance of occurring. Over most remaining parts of the country the chances of accumulating at least average rain for the December quarter are between 50 and 60per cent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blistering heat ahead for Southeastern Australia – October to December 2007

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The Government forecast issued 25th September 2007 showed the outlook was for blistering heat across tthe Murray Darling Basin, with the highest heat for South Australia and Victoria. Read the rest of this entry »

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Murray Darling Basin Report: 21 September: flow to South Australia slows: lowest flows since 1968 downstream of Euston Weir, no flow from Kiewa and Ovens

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The pattern of flows to SA over the remainder of the season will be critical in managing river salinity in SA and for meeting increasing diversion requirements and losses said David Dreverman General Manager in the River Murray Report For The Week Ending Wednesday, 19 September 2007, released 21 September. Read the rest of this entry »

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Murray-Darling Basin Commission to lower Euston Lakes from Murray River

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

Euston flow was now 1960 ML/day; the “normal” flow range was 30,000 to 56,000 ML/day. The local towns were at level four restrictions Murray-Darling Basin Commission (MDBC) Chief Executive Dr Wendy Craik said the emergency needs had forced the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (MDBC) to further lower the NSW-Victoria Euston Weir Pool and its associated Lakes. The lakes were on the NSW side of the river and the town of Robinvale on the Victoria side. Water was pumped from the Euston Weir pool to supply the Robinvale Irrigation District in Victoria private diverters in NSW, for almonds and olives, and urban supplies. The widre area is called Sunraysia (centred around Mildura, including Red Cliffs, Merbein and Robinvale), administered by Lower Murray Water Authority (LMW)

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Murray Darling Report 26 September: Failure of winter and spring rainfall

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The failure of winter and spring rainfall was a disaster for the Murray Darling Basin, after successive years of drought. Water to Adelaide was so salted as to be of little value, and over 300 towns had no water, or severe water restrictions. Flow was down to 800 ML/day to Adelaide. “Very high salinities of around 13 000 EC continue to be recorded in the Goolwa channel upstream of the Goolwa Barrage”. David Dreverman General Manager of Murray river systems, in the Report For The Week Ending Wednesday, 26 September 2007, published 28 September, 2007 he said “very little rain fell over the Basin this past week, with the highest falls being in South Australia.

River Murray continues decline: Along the Lower Murray there was 17 mm at Tailem Bend and 9 mm at Waikerie. Due to dry conditions in the catchment area, inflows to the River Murray System continue to gradually decline”.

River Operations: Release from Dartmouth remains steady at 200 ML/day and the storage volume has increased from 656 to 664 ML/day (17 per cent of capacity).

Snowy releases increase flows: Hume storage also continues to slowly rise primarily due to release from the Snowy Mountains Scheme via Murray 1 power station – and has increased from 844 to 857 GL (28.2 per cent of capacity)., Release from Hume reservoir has been increased to 2500 ML/day to target a flow of 4000 ML/day at Albury/Wodonga. This rise will meet increasing downstream needs and will allow a further small rise in the level of Lake Mulwala.

Lake Mulwala storage: Lake Mulwala has been raised from 123.7 to 123.8 m AHD over the past week and will reach about 124 m AHD by early October. It is expected that levels will remain at about this level over coming weeks but will be subject to changes in weather and demand conditions. Release from Lake Mulwala has been increased from 2600 to 3000 ML/day in order to boost declining river flows further downstream.

Torrumbarry Weir storage: Torrumbarry Weir pool is being used as a mid river storage and is currently being drawn upon to increase flows downstream until the higher flows from Lake Mulwala arrive next week. This has resulted in a temporary lowering of the weir pool from 86.05 to 85.9 m AHD. Euston Weir storage: Release from Euston Weir averaged 1840 ML/day this week but is expected to increase to around 2000 ML/day within the next few days as the higher flows from Torrumbarry Weir arrive.

Euston Weir pool cut from Murray: Beginning 1 October, the Euston Weir pool will be further lowered by around 3 – 5 cm/week in order to reduce evaporative losses along the river.

Lake Victoria is now closed: The inlet to Lake Victoria is now closed ensuring that adequate flow and weir pool levels are maintained in the River Murray at Locks 9, 8 and 7. Release from Lake Victoria has been increased from 1400 to 1600 ML/day and storage has fallen from 552 GL to 542 GL (80 per cent of capacity).

Flow to South Australia: Flow to South Australia averaged around 1900 ML/day and although the flow at Lock 1 temporarily increased to 1 500 ML/day it has since fallen back to 800 ML/day, Salinity rises at Morgan: Salinity levels at Morgan and Lock 1 have increased by about 50 EC this week and are currently 780 and 690 EC respectively. The level of the Lower Lakes has fallen from 0.25 to 0.18 m AHD since mid August with Milang Jetty showing an increase in salinity of around 350 EC to the current level of about 2350 EC.

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Over 300 NSW, Victoria, NSW towns face water restriction and water-carting under Ministers Armageddon dust-bowl plan

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The Murray-Darling Basin Dry Inflow Contingency Planning Report to First Ministers ;lists Town-by-town contingency planning as “A detailed list of towns potentially moving onto no outdoor use restrictions from 1 July 2007. All states confirm that town-by-town contingency planning frameworks are now in place and are evolving as new issues and situations arise. Public information on affected towns is being made available via State Government web sites”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Armageddon divvy-up for 2008-09: South East Australia emergency water plans

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The May Armageddon plan agreed by Ministers was now in full swing. The details of the plan appear in the Murray-Darling Basin Dry Inflow Contingency Planning Overview Report to First Ministers, May 2007. Matters to be considered in establishing a reserve for 2008-09 include;

• whether there should be a system wide reserve or reserves built up by individuals and towns;

• at what magnitude allocations should be before water starts to be allocated to reserves;

• the timing of a reserve to ensure critical water supplies can be delivered in 2008-09, and

• the issue of carryover and how it will be treated in the reserve.

State water sharing agreements: Assuming that

• 333 GL of water is required to meet losses in South Australia and
• 695 GL to meet losses upstream of the South Australian border during the 2007-08
season, the Senior Officials’ Group recommends that First Ministers:

1. NOTE that, on 25 May 2007, the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council directed the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, from water presently
available to the Commission, to;

•  allocate 141 GL for South Australia (noting that First Ministers have agreed that this will require 487 GL as a cross-border flow, subject to salinity issues that may emerge),
•  75 GL for New South Wales; and
•  53 GL for Victoria, to allow each state to supply critical human needs (a total allocation of 269 GL) in the 2007-08 season;

2. AGREE that any improvements in water available in the system should thereafter be allocated sequentially as follows, during the 2007-08 season:

•  (a) the next 492 GL of improvements be allocated proportionally such that:

• 120 GL be allocated to each of New South Wales, Victoria, dilution flows and losses in South Australia and to South Australian diversions; and

• 12 GL made available for River Murray Improved Flows (a total allocation of 761 GL);

(b) of the next 739 GL of improvements, 25 per cent should be allocated to dilution flows and losses in South Australia. The remaining 75 per cent should be allocated to New South Wales, Victoria and to South Australian diversions in such a way that most rapidly allows the usual water-sharing arrangements under Part X of the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement to resume, without reducing the volumes already allocated to any State for diversion (a total allocation of 1500 GL);
(c) the next 700 GL should initially be allocated in accordance with the
usual water-sharing arrangements under Part X of the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement, subject to the requirements that:

(i) the volumes already allocated to any State for diversion must not be reduced; and
(ii) 50 per cent of the sum of the additional volumes which would be allocated to New South Wales and Victoria according to those usual water-sharing arrangements must instead be allocated to South Australia (a total allocation of 2200 GL):
(d) once total improvements in available water of 1931 GL have been allocated in accordance with paragraphs (a) to (c), any further improvement in available water should be allocated in such a way that most rapidly allows the usual water-sharing arrangements under Part X of the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement to resume, without reducing the volumes already allocated to any State for diversion; and
(e) once it is possible for the usual water-sharing arrangements under
Part X of the Agreement to resume (after about a total of 2670 GL has been allocated) those arrangements should continue to apply.

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NSW, SA, Victoria towns and irrigators wait for Senior Officers October 2007 critical water plans

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

On 4 October Snowy Hydro reported that the NSW Department of Water and Energy was to “review” all dam releases. This wasbelieved to result from an unpublished Octiber decision of Senior Officials’ Group (SOG).The next report was due in October 2007 and “will be focused on the volume of a reserve for 2008-09, as well as the source of water and timing of a reserve for 2008-09”.

The September Recommendations:

The Senior Officials’ Group (SOG) recommends that First Ministers:
1. NOTE that the water supply situation in the southern Basin system is critical.
2. AGREE that contingency planning should continue.
3. NOTE that, given the current water situation, there is a growing likelihood that allocations will be insufficient to avoid significant production losses across most of the Murray System in horticulture and other water dependant agricultural sectors.
4. AGREE that governments will continue to work with industry associations and stakeholder groups to ensure information is available to help producers make business decisions.
5. AGREE that water authorities continue to provide realistic assessments to water users regarding forecast allocations and salinity levels in the system over the coming months, so that irrigators and other industries can make key management decisions.
6. NOTE that unregulated flows which occur in the southern Basin system while operating under the special water sharing arrangements agreed by First Ministers on 20 June 2007, will be managed as follows:

I. Each State may use up to one third of forecast unregulated flows (as declared by the Murray-Darling Basin Commission in a ‘unregulated flow forecast determination’) to address its priority needs, including facilitation of water delivery for those purposes.

II. To the extent it is practicable, flows unable to be captured for these purposes will be directed to highest priority river recovery and environmental watering needs.

7. AGREE measures be taken in 2007-08 to ensure there is enough water available to run the river and for critical needs in 2008-09, as follows:

I. In managing issues around dry inflow planning, markets should be used to the maximum extent possible.

II. Arrangements (including the possibility of establishing a ‘collective’ reserve) should be established by the Murray-Darling Basin Commission in 2007-08 to ensure there is sufficient water in 2008-09 to enable operation of the river and delivery of agreed flows (including 696 GL dilution flow to South Australia), as well as provisions to manage projected poor water quality (particularly salinity and algal blooms).

III. To assist South Australia to store additional reserves, South Australia should be permitted to store reserves in NSW and Victorian airspace in Murray System storages. (It is noted that South Australia is able to access some or all of the volume needed to meet critical requirements from volumes provided for dilution and loss purposes.) To assist the ACT, storage arrangements may need to be negotiated with NSW and Snowy Hydro Ltd.

IV. Operational decisions on the measures to be adopted, including the source, volume and timing of establishing a collective reserve should be made by the Murray-Darling Basin Commission in September 2007, taking into account SOG recommendations.

V. Jurisdictions are encouraged to allow water to be carried over from 2007-08 to 2008-09, which would be available in storages from the beginning of the 2008-09 water year. South Australian carryover held in NSW and Victorian airspace in Murray System storages should have the same priority for delivery as NSW and Victorian carryover. Delivery of any carry-over will depend on having sufficient water available to meet transmission losses.

8. AGREE that contingency measures, initially agreed by First Ministers in response to the December 2006 Contingency Planning Report and implemented during 2007, should if necessary be implemented in a low water availability situation 2008-09. Further water sharing principles may be necessary to ensure critical water needs in each state in 2008-09, and will be proposed as required.

Murray-Darling Basin Dry Inflow Contingency Planning Overview Report to First Ministers September 2007. This is the third Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) Dry Inflow Overview Report to the Prime Minister, the Premiers of New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and South Australia, and the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The first and second Overview Reports and the June 2007 update on MDB inflows are available on the Department of the Environment and Water Resources’ web site (www.environment.gov.au).

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4 October 2007: Emergency action: NSW Department of Water and Energy to “review” all NSW dam releases

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

It appeared the NSW Department of Water and Energy had frozen all dam releases. This was believed to result from an unpublished decision of State Minister’s Senior Officials’ Group (SOG). Read the rest of this entry »

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Interstate farmers steal River Murray water from groundwater, tributaries and the river itself: much cheaper than legally buying the resource; 68 allegations of water theft from the Murray and Murrumbidgee river areas

Posted by waterweek on 2 October 2007

According to environment reporter Cara Jenkin, reported in The Advertiser (26/09/2007, p.3), interstate farmers were stealing River Murray water and were happy to risk a fine because it was cheaper than legally buying the resource.

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Prime Minister John Howard to use constitutional powers over interstate trading and commerce to enforce federal government control of water

Posted by waterweek on 2 October 2007

Prime Minister John Howard would use constitutional powers over interstate trading and commerce to enforce federal government control of water in the Murray-Darling basin after the collapse of his $10 billion water plan, reported The Australian Financial Review (25/7/2007 p. 3).

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Murray Darling Basin temporary trading of allocation water from licences upstream of ‘Barmah choke’, to downstream users, until 15 December 2007

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The states, through the Murray Darling Basin Commission, have generally agreed to a temporary suspension of the rule that banned the temporary trading of allocation water from licences upstream of the Barmah choke to downstream users In the current circumstances, it was agreed that there was a need to widen the market in temporary trade and make water as freely tradeable as possible. Initially, suspension of the rule will last until 15 December 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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NSW Murrumbidgee Valley Water Report: 27 September 2007 shows Snowy flow-order saved the day

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The Snowy release to the Murrumbidgee Valley for 2007/2008 was currently less than half of the normal volume. There was little rain fall across the Murrumbidgee Valley in the past 8 weeks and natural inflows into the major storages, Burrinjuck and Blowering dams, have receeded to low levels.
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Murrumbidgee towns may now ease water restrictions from Level 4 to Level 3a but emergency conditions remain:Water Sharing Plan still disabled

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The NSW Department of Water and Energy, September 2007 Murrumbidgee High and General Security licences will be allowed to carryover up to 15 per cent of entitlement, as was permitted last water year. Carryover for High Security will be permitted until the Water Sharing Plan was reinstated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Flow to South Australia slow: September 2007, Lowest flows since 1968, downstream of Euston Weir, and no flow at all from from Kiewa and Ovens

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The pattern of flows to South Australia over the remainder of the season will be critical in managing river salinity in SA and for meeting increasing diversion requirements and losses said David Dreverman General Manager in the River Murray Report For The Week Ending Wednesday, 19 September 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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Emergency conditions: NSW withholds river-flow to southern states; had it not, it “would not have had any water for any purpose at the start of the season”

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

River levels
The NSW Department of Water and Energy said things were bad, very bad and only “critical water” was available; and there was the risk that event that supplied could fall so low essential services could not be provided. Read the rest of this entry »

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Murray Valley Water Report: September 2007- historical low, catastrophic dry feared for 2008/2009

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Water availability to users in the Murray Valley continues to deteriorate – it has now reached an historical low, said The NSW Department of Water and Energy, September 2007. There was “Virtually no chance of a NSW Murray Valley allocation increase in September without immediate heavy rain…There was little rain across the Murray Valley in the past month and water supply continued to worsen. Without further inflows in the coming months there may not be any additional water available for use this year”. Read the rest of this entry »

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New policy-plan: NSW towns to purchase water on the open market in deal to go level 4 to level 3a, others must plan to truck water, open channels banned

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The NSW Department of Water and Energy, said sufficient water will be provided to all towns to meet demands under Level 4 restrictions. Level 4 restrictions would continue until allocations of at least 20 per cent for high security licences were announced.MBDC flows

New idea: An option was currently being considered that would allow towns to purchase water on the open market if they wish to ease the level of restrictions from level 4 to level 3a. This would be on the basis that towns acquire 20 per cent of the volume to meet level 4 restrictions for that month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Queensland offers Darling-tributary, Condamine River irrigators 163 megalitres allocation from Sandy Creek, to Cecil Plains, when river is a dust-pile

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

According to Brad Pfeffer, in a report to Queensland Country Life, 27/9/2007, p. 9, “last week, the Department of Natural Resources and Water (NRW) posted letters to irrigators on the Condamine River in southern Queensland, calling for interest in 163 megalitres of medium-priority allocation. This was on a river where irrigators across this stretch of the river had no allocations from Leslie Dam for six years. The last dribbles of water sold at $2000/ML; and if allocations sold at that value the income at 163 x $2000/ML, would go to government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Armageddon mode: South Australia stops River Murray water flow into Lake Bonney, as moves to disconnect 27 wetlands, to secure downstream flow

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

According to townspeople in Barmera, the State Government’s stoppage of River Murray water flow into Lake Bonney on Tuesday was the “death knell” for Barmera, reported Doug Robertson, in The Advertiser, (27/09/2007, p.18).

Residents contemplate class action: Save Lake Bonney Group organiser Mark Beech, who ran Barmera Backpackers, said business people in the town were considering a class action against the Government for economic loss. He said Lake Bonney would be “dead” if the fresh water supply was cut off for several months.

Supplies cut: Earthmoving equipment moved in on Tuesday, making a 20 metre “temporary” earth barrier across Chambers Creek near Nappers Bridge, about 5 kilometre from the town centre. The Government had cut off River Murray water at 27 sites.

Govt defends action: State Water Security Minister Kaylene Maywald said discontinuing River Murray water from wetlands and lagoons was an emergency response to the drought.

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Greenhouse reporting bill process botched: no consultation, no time, no proper consideration says Labor

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007 had several shortcomings, said Labor MP Peter Garrett in the Commonwealth House of Representatives on 12 September 2007.

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Murray Darling Basin water prices shoot up 180 per cent last year on temporary trading market; National decline in water storage levels

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

Water prices shot up by 180 per cent last year on the temporary trading market as irrigators scrambled to top up supplies, reported The Age (31/7/2007, p.2).

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If permanent plantings in Murray-Darling Basin die, it will cost up to $4 billion to replace them; water propels to top of political agenda

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

According to Selina Mitchell and Paul Maley, the unprecedented crisis in the Murray-Darling Basin has propelled water to the top of the political agenda, reported The Australian (22/9/2007, p. 1).

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South Australian Premier dissatisfied with water arrangements: better system being negotiated

Posted by waterweek on 25 September 2007

The new Murray-Darling Basin authority would operate alongside the MDB Commission, which would continue to run river operations, salinity management works and other management initiatives such as the Living Murray initiative, South Australian Premier Mike Rann said in the South Australian House of Assembly on 11 September 2007.

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