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Water Minister promises action on Fish Kills

NSW Water Minister Rose Jackson on the Darling River at Menindee on Friday. Photo TWH

The NSW government has promised to begin work on avoiding more fish deaths at Menindee this summer.

NSW Water Minister Rose Jackson visited Menindee on Friday to announce government action to implement the recommendations of the Chief Scientist’s report into mass fish deaths at Menindee Lakes earlier this year.

Ms Jackson said that the work would include adjusting water releases from Menindee Lakes to keep an oxygenated flow through Weir 32 weir pool to support native fish and by boosting water quality monitoring with “real time sensors’.

The NSW government has also set up an independent ‘Connectivity Expert Panel’ to advise on changes to NSW water sharing plans to improve downstream outcomes and has warned of irrigation embargoes as drier conditions continue.

Minister Jackson has also committed to putting a water quality monitoring crew on the ground at Menindee for on-site monitoring.

Other measures include investigations into fish migration throughout the river, fish ‘relocation’ and carp removal ‘before the end of the year’, ‘putting oxygen in the water’ employment of water quality staff based at Menindee.

In a press release issued on Friday Minister Rose Jackson said that the government is continuing to map out further steps needed to address longer term solutions. […]

Read more in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

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