A barrier is being put across the Goolwa channel between Hindmarsh Island and Clayton and the rocks and fill are being hauled along Randell Road on Hindmarsh Island in large trucks. There is a continuous stream of trucks using the main road on the island and there are warning signs and traffic control at the turnoffs.
The trucks are carting soil to dump in the river channel to create the barrier across to Clayton.
There is a continuous stream of trucks along the main road and turning off to the quarry and the dumping site.
They expect the barrier to be finished late July, early August. there are also barriers being constructed across the Finniss River and Currency Creek openings where they run into the Goolwa channel.
The Murray River bottom has gone green. There has been no water here for the last 2 years and the sandy bottom has got vegetation growing on it. The green grass was seeded on there by the government about 2 months ago to stabalise the sand and help curb the acid sands from happening.
The Alexandrina Council which is the council that covers Hindmarsh Island, towns and district around the Lakes and Goolwa have showing in the Goolwa Council office foyer a Water Watch meter showing the current state of the River Murray in Goolwa. It makes for some sobering viewing
The Alexandrina Council which is the council that covers Hindmarsh Island, towns and district around the Lakes and Goolwa have taken a pro-active stand about the lack of water and how it is affecting the communities and business about the Murray River situation.
They have launched an ‘Impact of Drought and low water Levels’ website that has a wide range of items and comment on it from farmers, businesses, scientists and ordinary people etc.
Also of interest is a video by National Geographic on the impact of the low water conditions in the Coorong and the implications of this on the RAMSAR Convention agreement.
Goolwa and the river Murray have been in the news a fair bit recently due to the lack of water in the river.
The lack of water is caused by several factors.
- Over allocation of water upstream for irrigation
- Climate change
- Govt. inaction to deal with the situation
There has been several public rallys at the lack of Govt. inaction.
We need water now
Goolwa Region – Water crisis
Goolwa is the last port on the River Murray before it exits to the ocean and due to drought and overuse of water allocation throughout Australia the River Murray has been slowly drying up.
At Goolwa the river is now below sea level. The Murray Mouth has had dredges at it keeping the mouth open for 5 years. The salinity of the river is now the equivilent of 50% sea water. Acid soils are spreading along the river banks. The river has stopped flowing.
Continue reading “We need water now! – Goolwa Region water crisis”