Peak body re­jects call to halt re­cov­ery

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THE lo­cal gov­ern­ment peak body in the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin has re­acted with con­cern to a new re­port that calls for a halt to all pub­licly funded wa­ter re­cov­ery through ir­ri­ga­tion ef­fi­ciency pro­grams.

The Mur­ray Dar­ling As­so­ci­a­tion said the halt to wa­ter re­cov­ery was not the so­lu­tion.

A group of 12 aca­demics met in Ade­laide on Mon­day and signed a doc­u­ment they branded the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Dec­la­ra­tion.

The group is also push­ing for an au­dit of all Basin wa­ter re­cov­ery and the planned Sus­tain­able Di­ver­sion Limit ad­just­ments, and the cre­ation of an in­de­pen­dent sci­en­tific body to ad­vise on meet­ing the tar­gets of the 2007 Wa­ter Act.

The aca­demics were con­cerned the Basin Plan was fail­ing to meet its en­vi­ron­men­tal ob­jec­tives and that for many wa­ter re­cov­ery in­fra­struc­ture projects there was no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence they had in­creased stream flows.

Mur­ray-Dar­ling As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Cr David Thur­ley.

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