NSW’s MASS FISH DEATH: KEY FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
* The Lakes were drained by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, which is directed by the state governments. Claims NSW could not have influenced the MDBA’s actions are false
* The water level in the Lakes is not being replenished by regular smaller flows
* Irrigation development in the northern Basin is playing a key role in reducing these smaller, regular flows, along with drought and climate change
* The Lakes were drained in 2016-17 at a time when downstream areas did not need water – South Australia was experiencing flooding and all Murray irrigation demand was met
* There should be an urgent public assessment of how to manage Menindee lakes in a future with less inflows in the small to medium flow range
* All decisions of the Basin Officials Committee should be made public.
Source: A fish kill QandA, released by The Australia Institute