Please urge state and federal Water Ministers to fix the water sharing issues on the Darling, and ensure water gets all the way down to where it meets the Murray.
The Darling River is in strife. Early this year a 500 km stretch of the Lower Darling dried out completely. For months the river was nothing but a few stagnant pools of salty water. Communities were running out of water, fruit trees and vines had to be torn out, and Aboriginal people were left high and dry.
The problem comes from upstream. The NSW government has changed the rules so that irrigators are allowed to pump out water that is intended for environmental use downstream. These rule changes may cut the river in two and disconnect the Darling from the Murray – no more Murray-Darling river!
People created this problem, and that means we can fix it too. A cooperative solution is needed to benefit NSW, Victoria and South Australia.