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Menindee Lakesto fill this month

The Bourke Weir has been drowned out twice this years as a big Darling River flows downstream to fill Menindee Lakes. PHOTO TWH

The good news on water continues, with predictions that the Menindee Lakes could be at full capacity by the end of September.

WaterNSW Operations Manager, Adrian Langdon, said that present inflows to the lakes were good enough to put the lakes above 100 per cent capacity, and that the devastating drought of the past few years has been consigned to history.

“This year has been fantastic with continuous flows down the Barwon-Darling river from January,” Mr Langdon said.

“More than 1250m gigalitres had already flowed to the lakes, and during September we could see another 700 gigalitres flow in, and that will put the lakes at 100 per cent.

“That’s great for local communities because the lakes are a great asset for tourism.

“When we can travel again, and for the local economies of small communities like Menindee, which rely on that tourism – that’s brilliant,” he said.

As well as the positive impacts on communities, the lakes play a crucial environmental role, and one first benefits will be fish stocks.

“These healthy flows have been great for fish breeding areas,” he said.

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