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  • Newsletter, January 2012 - Lakes Need Water
    that matter Lakesneedwater is also looking for volunteers If you have an article or comment you ve been meaning to write a photo or have an idea for the website we d like to hear from you Email us info lakesneedwater org New Petition A campaign supporting the restoration of the Coorong Murray River Estuary has recently been launched by The Australian Environmental Foundation The campaign aims to spotlight attention on the negative environmental affects of the barrages upon the estuary and the river system From their web site Listen to Us you can sign an online petition distribute a written petition download posters and fact sheets and send postcards to political representatives And that Murray Darling Proposed Basin Plan The Proposed Basin Plan of 2011 is a disappointment It does not address any of the issues we have been discussing here for the last three years The plan is based on averages and will not keep the Lower Lakes full of fresh water should another extended drought occur The plan dismisses the fact that the Lower Lakes have a natural estuarine history and does not explore how a restored estuary might assist the environmental condition of the Lower Murray

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  • newsletter-September-2011 - Lakes Need Water
    and an explanation can be found within this article titled Seawater Flow Reversals However the salinity observations used in this article are no longer possible due to the telemetry beacons being dismantled by the government Budget cutbacks is the reason given If you would like to send a letter of support to bringing back the beacons check the contact details on this page Rediscover local history A fantastic source of searchable Australian history is available online from the National Library of Australia Trove For free and from the convenience of your own home you can search through digitized local newspapers nationwide going back to the 1800 s The LakesNeedWater Blog is featuring some interesting stories and reports pre and post barrage construction Now you don t have to rely on someone else s interpretation of history you can read it for yourself Local radio CounterBalance Radio now has their own website with all their shows available for download in case you missed the original broadcast or are outside their broadcast range CounterBalance discusses issues affecting the River Murray Lower Lakes and Coorong There have been some interesting interviews with a wide variety of people over the last year Voice your opinion At Lakes Need Water we take pride in presenting balanced information about the Lower Lakes that might not otherwise be published Yesterday in The Australian is an opinion piece Removing the barrages would turn lower lakes into a dead sea by Kym McHugh the mayor of Alexandrina Council and a dairy farmer If you have something you d like to say in response take a minute over the next day or two and send in a letter less than 250 words to letters theaustralian com au This is an excellent opportunity to reach a national audience and is not

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  • Newsletter, 7 June 2010 - Lakes Need Water
    long term plan for the Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth CLLMM The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists has released Sustainable diversions in the Murray Darling Basin and the long awaited Murry Darling Basin Plan by the Murray Darling Basin Authority MDBA is expected later this month Back to the Securing the future report though it s not exactly the bargain we had in mind Read our summary to learn more We d also love to see your comments on our blog lakesneedwater blogspot com Please spread the word the more comments the merrier Lakes need water and rivers need estuaries Since we started LakesNeedWater over one year ago our core message has consistently been that the Lower Lakes should have well water This is hardly rocket science after all Why anyone would believe that holding back seawater and allowing the lakes to dry out is preferable to allowing seawater to mix with freshwater defies logic Among the great rivers of the world such as the Nile the Amazon the Yangtze and the Mississippi the River Murray is alone in being cut off from its mouth Does anyone honestly believe it is healthy for a river to be separated from

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  • Newsletter, 9 May 2010 - Lakes Need Water
    50 cm below sea level and 1 25 metres below the old full supply level Lake Albert s water level on the other hand has not been reported by MDBA since March 2010 and Goolwa s water level has dropped 80 cm since last summer In summary the situation in the Lower Lakes has not changed much The plain truth is that the full restoration of the Lower Lakes to a vibrant estuary is the only sustainable long term solution for the region and we at LakesNeedWater will continue to hammer away until common sense prevails Thank you for your support and don t forget to spread the word Talk about Estuaries This last month an interesting community event was held in Goolwa Professor Mike Geddes gave a talk about his idea for a Freshwater driven Estuary for the Lower Lakes and Coorong Members from LakesNeedWater attended the talk on 22 April and a summary is available on our website Interestingly the media has chosen not to report on this very significant change in direction from one of our local wetland scientists Check out NearMap A company called Nearmap has photographic images of the Lower Lakes that are current as

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  • Newsletter, 15 January 2010 - Lakes Need Water
    the Future Long Term Plan A last minute reminder that feedback on the DEH s draft plan is due today 15 January 2010 You can download the plan 2MB here Feedback can be given from this link We have submitted our Crisis Update A Call to Action as our official LakesNeedWater feedback If you are time short you are welcome to send in a vote of support for our report

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  • Newsletter, 29 November 2009 - Lakes Need Water
    land You can watch the video here French visit the Lower Lakes In early November LakesNeedWater was approached by a French TV news team We look forward to watching their documentary and will be posting it to the website in the future Read more about their visit here Lake Albert nearly at acidification trigger point again We are now tracking the water levels separately for Lake Alexandrina Lake Albert and The Goolwa Channel Notice how close Lake Albert is to the acidification trigger of minus 5 AHD trigger is identified here in this MDBA report We also noticed that DEH has changed the acidification trigger of Lake Albert to be minus 1 in this report Weir decision delayed Disappointing news that the decision about the Pomanda Weir has once again been put off Read why the weir is necessary here New LakesNeedWater Blog We now have an active LakesNeedWater blog You can make comments and you can send us ideas on what you d like to see discussed We want to encourage thoughtful analysis of the crisis and promote new ideas The recent post Conjuring up water is in response to a report by NSW and Adelaide University scientists We

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  • Newsletter, 5 September 2009 - Lakes Need Water
    shows that 21 995 hectares will become acidic Check out our updated our acid sulphate soils information page Latest DEH Community Update In the fine print of the latest from DEH is the fact that a decision on the temporary weir at Pomanda has been delayed from 4th of September to 12th of October Interesting that there is plenty of information on the remediation trials yet nothing on the recent fish kill at Ewe Island Fish kill at Ewe Island due to acidic water August 2009 Upcoming interviews We ve been told that Landline will be airing a program on the Lower Lakes Try to catch it at noon Sunday 13th of September and watch for some of the LakesNeedWater folks Fencing across the dry lake bed Who s lake bed is it Officially it is Crown Land Do farmers have the right to fence into the receding lake waters Some very dodgy single strand barbed wire fences are appearing across the dry lake bed Those of you considering using horses bikes or hovercraft should use extreme care Check out our new page on Fencing on public land Send us your opinion to info lakesneedwater org Speaking of hovercraft read

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  • Newsletter, 24 July 2009 - Lakes Need Water
    is on Peter Garrett s desk He has until mid August for a decision Please email Mr Garrett with your views According to the EIS summary A minority supported the temporary weir and some indicated a preference for seawater flooding of the Lower Lakes rather than a limited incursion See our Act Now page for details STOP PRESS 891 ABC in the Lower Lakes Hot off the press 891 ABC radio is planning a visit to Clayton Goolwa the week of 27 July It would be great to have some balance to the media Tune in and if possible get a word in or send 891 an email during the broadcast New Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth CLLAMM Report A new report a large file 6MB sponsored by CSIRO and the CLLAMMecology group Note the following Although the northern reaches near the Murray Mouth may not exceed marine salinities this region no longer experiences the lower estuarine salinities that were more typical prior to the cessation of environmental flows Essentially there is no longer an estuary Speak up As media articles of importance come up we are updating our Latest News page Please check regularly for pertinent articles and

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