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Agencies warn of low water levels this summer

Thursday 6 November, 2008
Local water management agencies are warning residents that there will be low water levels in rivers, lakes and wetlands this summer.
Local water management agencies are warning residents that there will be low water levels in rivers, lakes and wetlands this summer.

Bill O'Kane, CEO of the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority said the expected low water levels resulting from the continuing drought may cause some issue for recreational pursuits, river health and wildlife habitat.

"We are working hard to ensure we are ready for potential hazards to water assets as a result of continuing drought and low flows."

Partner agencies Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Goulburn-Murray Water, Goulburn Valley Water, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Primary Industries and the Environmental Protection Authority are predicting that the current dry conditions will impact the quality and quantity of water available and vulnerable wildlife in these waterways.

"The Murray River is expected to have lower flows than normal all year, Lake Mokoan will be dry, Broken Creek (Caseys Weir to Waggarandall Weir) will run much lower with no water going beyond Waggarandall Weir are just some of the problems we may face as a community," said Mr O'Kane.

Mr O'Kane said agencies will be monitoring water conditions. Where problems occur, agencies will be doing all they can to prevent the impact of dry inflows. We are working in a difficult time, with problems many have not experienced previously.

Should the community identify a problem with the waterway or water body are urged reminded to contact on the "water" partner agencies.

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For more information please contact

Wayne Tennant at GB CMA on 58 201 100 or
Stacey Brauman at Impress Publicity on 0400 644 637