THE EDI­TOR Car­ry­over is vi­tal tool

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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

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