Peak body rejects call to halt recovery
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.