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Attention Water Ministers - David Littleproud, Niall Blair & Lisa Neville
Modern resource management has changed the course of rivers and removed all but a fraction of the water that was once available in our mighty rivers, which has dramatically altered the landscape in the Murray Darling Basin. Over extraction of rivers in the Murray Darling Basin has left vast stretches of the forest, wetland and floodplain struggling without the water required to keep it in good health.
The millennium drought almost killed the river, so water for the environment was purchased by us, the tax payers, for billions of dollars to restore the health of the Murray Darling and protect it through future droughts.
The current drought facing the country has brought calls to sell water for the environment back to irrigators. This is against the law and against the interests of communities, fish and wildlife.
Drought is a reality we face by living in this country. Many natural areas would have continued to flood, even through times of drought. Removing their water now is risking the health of the entire Murray Darling.
Nobody benefits when we kill the river
It is essential to use water for the environment for its intended purpose, to ensure the long term survival of our rivers and our communities along the river.
We call on our water ministers to implement robust, long term policies to protect our great rivers.
Using environmental water for our wetlands and floodplains, even through times of drought
Stopping theft of water for the environment
Recovering the full amount of water required to restore the health of the River
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