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Blackwater blues
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:45:02 AM »
Blackwater blues

Black water is currently affecting sections of the Murray River (particularly large wetland areas such as the Barmah]Millewa and Koondrook]Pericoota Forests), Edward and Wakool river systems, Lower Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers.

There are dead fish reported as far as the South Australian border.
Water of poor quality from the Loddon and Avoca floodplains is yet to drain into the Murray.
The lower Darling is also showing a decreasing dissolved oxygen trend.

It is unknown how long this event will last and it is not possible to dilute the areas affected by black water without causing more flooding as most river systems are currently operating at full channel capacity.

 For more information, go to:
www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/habitat/threats/fish-kills/black-water-events-causing-fish-kills-in-the-murray-and-murrumbidgee-river-catchments

A map showing the current blackwater status can be accessed at:
www.mdba.gov.au/files/Blackwater-Status-map-18%20_28%20jan%202011.pdf



Source: NSW Fisheries


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Re: Blackwater blues
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 09:17:37 AM »
I'm hearing similar stories from Lake Coolmunda near Inglewood.  Dead and dying Cod in the shallows near the wall.  Locals are launching rescue efforts.

 

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