REVEALED: The Shocking Reason 22 BILLION liters of precious water was washed into a swamp while desperate farmers looked horrified
- Twenty-two billion liters of water have been flushed through the Lachlan River of NSW
- Critics have started the move at a time when the state is in almost total drought
- The water could have sustained the 30,000 people in nearby cities for a year
- The government of the state said that a larger current on the Lachlan is needed for survival
Twenty-two billion gallons of precious water has been washed away in a swamp in one of Australia's most drought-stricken regions.
The state government of New South Wales began releasing 22 gigaliter of water from Wyangala Dam in the middle of last month.
The move was intended to increase the flow to the heavily dried out Lachlan river and its tributaries.
But the decision has been criticized because the water has been used without consulting farmers.
Twenty-two billion gallons of precious water has been flushed from the critical Wyangala Dam (photo) into a swamp in one of Australia's most drought-stricken regions
The state government of NSW began releasing 22 gigaliter of water has been released from Wyangala Dam from the middle of last month
The dam has seen the water level fall by 20 percent and the Minister of Water has questioned the timing of the release.
& # 39; I would like to see evidence that this was the best time to release water for the environment when the Meteorology Office reports little to no inflow over the next 12 months, & # 39; said NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey.
The water released from the dam could have helped 30,000 people in nearby towns such as Cowra and Forbes for more than a year.
Instead, it will travel west along the river to the Great Cumbung Marsh where the Lachlan River ends.
The government agency that operates state rivers said in a statement that water delivery was crucial to the survival of the rivers that flowed out of the dam.
The Commonwealth Environment Water Holder said the water was vital for improving the health of the river system along the length of the Lachlan River.
The decision was intended to increase the flow to the heavily dried Lachlan River and its tributaries, but was strongly criticized (depicts a farmer walking near the shells of dead mussels on the riverbed of the dried up Naomi River in the northwest of the state)
A high source of green desks also told The Daily Telegraph the increased supply of the river system would benefit resident catfish and freshwater shrimp.
But Mrs. Pavey said, "In times of extreme drought, we need flexibility, not blind recklessness."
The partial opening of the dam has reduced its capacity to around 18%, compared to 23% at the beginning of last month.
The dam is already subject to a proposal to raise its walls by 10 meters for an amount of $ 650 million.
The river stretches for nearly 1500 km over the south of New South Wales and is part of the Murray-Darling Basin, which has been confronted with severe droughts in recent years.
The Murray-Darling Basin has experienced brutal drought in recent years (the photo shows a dried-out river bed where the Mehi River flowed in northwestern New South Wales last month)
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