Water News September 2017

By | 02/09/2017

Irrigation Season Starts Early

Big irrigation districts in NSW and Victoria have started their irrigation seasons earlier this year than in the past. Murrumbidgee Irrigation started a week earlier than planned. Macalister system in Gippsland started early too. This will drive temp buying earlier this year than in the past.

MI link
Macalister link

MI Moves Workers

Murrumbidgee Irrigation is downsizing their Leeton office and moving 15 employees to Griffith. Link

Storages Filling

Recent rain alone is expected to meet demand until October. Link The storages are still filling, but they’re not full yet. For the latest dam levels, please follow this link.

Four Corners Lingers

Ever since the Four Corners report, cotton farmers have been copping flak. Even ones who haven’t broken laws are getting told that we shouldn’t be growing cotton in Australia. One grower has written a concise article that hits back at the claims. Read it here.

Victoria’s water minister claims the Basin Plan review is not independent. I have a feeling there will be more to this story later. Link

NSW government is still silent on how the Broken Hill pipeline will affect the Lower Darling. Link

Water Infrastructure News

  • Murrumbidgee Irrigation gears up for an expansion. Link
  • Goulburn-Murray Water in dispute over damage to farms caused by Connections Project work. Link
  • 90 year old syphon and channel to be replaced at Boort. Link
  • North Central Catchment Management Authority wants to hear feedback on the impact of weeds and fish sucked through pumps. Link
  • Cornella Creek drainage fix planned. Link
  • SRW looks at expanding irrigation districts in Gippsland. Link
  • Macalister Irrigation District will get modernisation project that will save 9 700 ML each year. Link
  • Lawson syphon gets first inspection since 1955. Link
  • Plans to expand Northern Adelaide Plains irrigation with recycled water. Link
  • Farm Water Program has delivered 600 projects in Northern Victoria. Link


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