FRESH water allocated to the Lower Lakes in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is a “waste” and only serves to maintain an “artificial” environment, a new report says…
Reports Lauren Novak and Ken McGregor from the Adelaide Advertiser got that much right.
Their article is available online here http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/water-must-mix-in-the-lower-lakes-says-new-murray-darling-report/story-e6frea83-1226281052851
Comment in their article by State River Murray Minister Paul Caica that the Lower Lakes were not estuarine before construction of the sea dykes is nonsense. Lake Alexandrina is the central basin of a typical southern Australian barrier estuary.
To understand something of the long and short history of the Murray River’s Estuary read my short report
‘Plugging the Murray River’s Mouth: The Interrupted Evolution of a Barrier Estuary’