An independent poll conducted by community group Lakes Need Water reveals that South Australians are overwhelmingly in support of letting seawater into the Lower Lakes with 80% polled in favour of opening the Barrages.
"Scientists know this and the community accepts it. So why are we delaying the inevitable?" says Ken Jury. "The Lakes need water now."
Lakes Need Water
www.LakesNeedWater.org is dedicated to explaining why the Lower Lakes of the Murray River (Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert) need water now. It addresses misinformation about the ecological crisis confronting the Lower Lakes as water levels decline precipitously. This web site aims to be different, preferring science, rational thought and logical conclusions.Fact: The Lower Lakes lose 1 million megalitres of freshwater each year
Disconnecting the Lower Lakes from the ocean has produced an annual requirement for 1 million megalitres of freshwater to replace evaporative losses, which could instead be refilled by seawater.
Fact: The Lower Lakes are in decline
Even before the current crisis, the ecology of the Lower Lakes and the Coorong has been suffering for decades, with loss of habitat, decline of native fish species, and invasive species, such as carp.
Fact: Any water is better than no water
Corrosive dust storms are happening now, just as disastrous as salinity and acidification.
Fact: Seawater is a natural part of the Lower Lakes
The Lower Lakes have been partly salty for at least 6000 years before the barrages were built. The ecosystem of the Lakes has benefited from these seawater inflows.
Fact: Time is running out
Scientists predict that within one year water levels will fall to minus1.5m AHD exposing acid sulphate soils in Lake Alexandrina. The dust storms are already happening
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