148 gigalitres of water has been promised to South Australia by the New South Wales Government. In addition the Federal Government has purchased 20 gigalitres for environmental flows. The water will be used to help the ailing lower lakes and delays the decision to build a weir at Wellington. The Institute’s Mike Young has said that the inflow of water should help to prevent the further acidification of the lakes until 2011. The water is expected to reach the lower lakes by March.
If you want to find out more about the ecology and natural water regime of the lower lakes listen to Dr Kane Aldridge’s seminar, “What is the future for the Lower Lakes?” Kane’s seminar also discusses how the lakes may be managed in the future to provide a resilient ecosystem that is able to cope with variability in flow and climatic conditions. Download the podcast here.