Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dry outlook for Darling River and Menindee Lakes, as ecologists focus on fish survival

Water authorities in far west NSW say the Menindee Lakes have received a surprise 30-gigalitre flow in recent weeks, but the outlook is still dry for the lakes and the Darling River.

Murray Cod larvae from last year's major Murray
Cod spawning in the Darling River.
The lakes, which feed the Darling downstream and provide water for the city of Broken Hill, have dropped to about 45 per cent of capacity.

The system filled up over winter last year, but a year on, WaterNSW spokesman Tony Webber said authorities were planning for several months of low to no flows.

"I think it's fair to say that we're anticipating that this low flow situation is going to persevere for the time being. That's certainly how our planning is," Mr Webber said.

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