Rivers are vital to the health of the nation as water is so very important to our large Island nation that has some very long droughts and some very marginal farming land that we utilize to produce the food we need. Healthy rivers are flowing rivers and while we need to extract water from our rivers for use along it path we should not stop the flow of the liver for the whole community is affected as well as the fish in the river – it is their world for life.
In New South Wales we have the mighty Darling and Murray Rivers that have been impacted quite badly by excessive extraction of water and this must stop. The Northern NSW and Queensland areas of the Darling must cease extracting excessive water the recent algae bloom must be of January 9, 2019 must never be repeated again. The death of the thousands of fish is directly associated with poor management of the waterway.
· As far as possible all dams will be off river dams.
· Extraction of water will not compromise the healthy state of the river.
· The massive dams at the upper reaches of the Darling will need to release the water held there and will cease extraction until the river is healthy again.
· Where off river dams are constructed they will need to be dug and not just flooding valleys and depressions.
· Where there is an on river dam the option of diverting the river to make the dam an off river dam must be considered.