- Millions of fish are killed near Menindee, New South Wales.
- Experts claim that New South Wales is deliberately sabotaging the Murray-Darling Basin plans.
- Locals demanded that NSW officials drink the water to prove it was safe.
Like almost everyone in town, McCrabb believes poor water management is the real culprit. And they are not alone.
Have fish ever died near Menindee?
In 2023, oxygen was absorbed by increased organic matter and washed into river systems after recent floods.
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) said: “
The panel found that fish mortality in 2019 was due to low water flow, weirs preventing fish from easily moving upstream and downstream, poor water quality, and rapid temperature changes. bottom.
Experts accuse New South Wales of ‘obstructing’ watershed plans
“What we see [in Menindee] Something is so frequent and so large that it indicates a fundamental problem with the management of the river system,” he told SBS News.
“For 10 years, NSW has done everything it can to provide water for the environment, while choosing not to implement the parts of the plan that are detrimental to irrigated communities. I would add that it is a view shared by objective observers of
Is NSW ‘sabotaging’ the plan?
One of the key recommendations of the Vertessy report was to improve fish passages up and down the river system. it’s not happening.
The MDBA said the fish passage did not help kill either fish, but the NSW government points to the so-called ‘Better Baaka Project’, which aims to improve river connectivity between the northern and southern watersheds. bottom.
What is the NSW government saying?
“NSW is responsible for 20 of the 33 water resource schemes, more than double that of other basin jurisdictions,” he said.
“Just adding water through buybacks has no environmental impact.”
where from here?
“NSW has made its position clear for over a year now. More time and more flexibility are needed to meet the remaining water recovery targets of the plan through new and existing infrastructure projects. We need it,” Anderson said.
The promise of better preparedness is a cold consolation for Menindee locals who have once again found themselves at the forefront of a system of boom and busts that is growing more extreme than ever before.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/millions-of-dead-fish-fears-over-drinking-water-how-did-menindee-get-here/lv8wd3px7 Millions of dead fish, fear of drinking water. How did this small town get here?