The weekly wash-up (April 12)

The week that was in river and water news – April 12th, 2013

New rules to benefit upper Condamine water users  Amended Water Sharing Rules will  allow entitlement holders in the Central Condamine Alluvium to trade water among themselves.  The change also sure groundwater users in the area are eligible for water buybacks from the Commonwealth Government under the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Authority warns sewage spills not over  Sewage will continue to spill on the Tasmanian east coast for many years because of insufficient infrastructure. A report released last month found a third of the state’s sewerage treatment plants are operating above capacity. The situation could force a rethink on the location of oyster farms.

A Tasmanian oyster farm. farms like these are threatened by inadequate sewage infrastructure.

A Tasmanian oyster farm. farms like these are threatened by inadequate sewage infrastructure.

Water management must for India says president  While inaugurating India Water Week 2013, President Pranab Mukherjee said efficient water management is crucial to keep pace with population growth and economic development. India is home to 17 per cent of the world’s population but has only four per cent of its renewable water resource.

Funds expected to flow to Murray research centres  The Victorian Government will continue its funding commitment to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Victoria’s Water Minister, Peter Walsh, has told the MDBA the funding should flow to the research centres at Wodonga and Mildura.

U.S. recommends removal of dams on the Klamath River to aid salmon  The U.S. government has recommended the removal of four hydroelectric dams in Oregon and California to aid native salmon runs and help resolve a decades-long struggle over allocation of scarce water resources. Mainataining the dams would cost more than $460 million for relicensing, operation and maintenance of aging structures that have proved unprofitable, the analysis shows.