How much water in Menindee Lakes

Submitted: Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 15:39
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We are heading out to Menindee and Mungo NP between Easter and ANZAC Day. Has anyone been there recently? Is there much water in the lakes?
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:09

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:09
Rohan , A bit should of made it past the cotton growers, check with Broken Hill Council as they get their water from there. You will like Mungo ( well we did at xmas ) as they have 2 nice camp grounds that will fit the camper between the obligatory bollards & a hot shower at the ranger station for the family.
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:11

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:11
Also they should have the guided walks with the rangers as it's school hols. We met 1 of them & his family at xmas & they were great people.
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Reply By: Peter Guy - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:54

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 16:54
We were there around early December and the so called lakes were completely dry. The stock grazing on the the lake bed had even chewed the last of the grass!
I have heard that the country is so dry that there is nil water finding it's way back to the lake!!
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Reply By: Pesty - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 17:12

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 17:12
Rohan k, Lakes dry last I heard, Ring the Ranger or the Pub down that way to find out. Hope you dont get the (couldnt care less rangers) we encountered last Oct. at Mungo, want be rushing back again.

Cheer Steve
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Reply By: Mad Dog Morgan (Victoria) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 17:27

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 17:27
Don't bother taking the boat. As at 22nd March total volume of the lakes was 15%.
It's an improvement but not much
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:19

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 18:19
bloody cotton growers?
but then again i can only say so much about them, as our grape growers some of whom are using outdated irrigation practices and the ever increasing plantings and reliance on the the murray are also adding to its decline
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Follow Up By: Midge - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 21:41

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 21:41
How do you like your wine (dry) from a grape grower.
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 10:24

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 10:24
whats your point Midge?
I made mine by specifying 'outdated' irrigation practices and 'ever increasing plantations' are adding to its demise.

I like wine very much indeed but if we dont save the murray then we wont have either...yep i will pay more buts thats the price WE will have to pay to keep it flowing I guess
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Follow Up By: Midge - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 16:40

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 16:40
Just having a bit of fun, I agree with you, there are a lot of irrigators in our area still flood irragating, but they do pay a good price for there water as we do, the cotton growers up north are getting there water for nearly nothing, plus upsetting the natural ecology of the water ways
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 19:22

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 19:22
Thanks. Basically that was what I was afraid of. I was kinda hoping the recent heavy rains across the state had made some difference. Going to Menindee is really about the Lakes (and water).

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Victoria) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 20:18

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 20:18
Have a look here Rohan for an interesting graph. In fact bookmark the site as it contains interesting and handy info.

http://waterinfo.dlwc.nsw.gov.au/sr/Menindee.html

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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 21:19

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 21:19
Thanks MDM. It tells a sad tale for the area, doesn't it?
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Reply By: uther - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 22:08

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 22:08
interested in comments about the water and the wine.... try living through a 100 year drought here on the farm.....there's a couple of comments. There is no way we should be trying to grow cotton and rice inthid country. Thesecound dryest continent on the planet, growing 2 of the crops that take the most water....crazy. Second.... people have often been hears to say that the aboringinals did little to improve this counrty in the 40 odd thousand years they were here.....well when I was a kid we could drink the water straight out of the river, now I'm not sure I want to swim in it!!....and after only 200 years. Yeah makes you wonder. Meanwhile we carry water for stock and slowly watch a life,s work wander down the drain....there are so many families suffering out here in the bush...keep the wine just give us water.....Uther (not my real name I just like it!!)
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Reply By: jonojeepster - Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 07:51

Monday, Apr 19, 2004 at 07:51
No water there last week except for at the weir. The locals told me that the lakes were recently drained, to their horror without consultation or warning, to provide water to Cubby Station. There is a petition to sign when you get there but I guess without the huge numers of people the pollies will just ignore them and give the water to those with the dollars. Pretty sad really.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 22:19

Thursday, Apr 22, 2004 at 22:19
Just back (2 hours ago). Wetherell lakes are full (barely 1 metre below the road level. They are currently releasing water into Pamamaroo Lake at the rate of 5,000 mega-litres a day. Pamameroo Lake is about 15% or so filled. Copi Hollow has some water (about 50%, by guess) but Menindee Lake, Emu Lake and Cawndilla lake are all bone dry, and have been for a long time. They think the may be able to release some water into these lakes, but aren't sure.
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