THE EDITOR Carryover is vital tool
Does the irrigation industry support the call to ‘do away’ with carryover facilities? (Country News, ‘Stop carryover water’, September 25.) I would think not. Carryover is an important management tool for most irrigation industries and the environment.
The contention that our water storages are full of environmental water is clearly incorrect; the vast majority of carryover water remains in the hands of irrigators.
Carryover conditions are exactly the same for both irrigators and the holders of environmental water.
Both store, use, and lose water under the same rules, however, demands for use differ in that the environment is more likely to use carryover entitlements early in the season when compared to irrigators.
This early use can allow for the increased storage being available for all entitlement holders.
Carryover and the water market are important management tools for all irrigation industries, allowing for more flexibility in decision making for all participants.
State and federal politicians have for decades seen the value of putting decision making in the hands of irrigators, supported water markets and, more recently, come to the defence of environmental water under current drought conditions.
Advocates for turning the water reform clock back decades should be very careful what they wish for. — John Pettigrew Goulburn Valley Environment Group when Country News