Drought Sees Lake Burrendong Drop To Approximately 10 % Of Water Storage Level

Drought Sees Lake Burrendong Drop To Approximately 10 % Of Water Storage Level

New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Water Niall Blair

Aerators On Their Way For Lake Burrendong

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales Government will fast track the installation of up to 4 water aerators at Lake Burrendong, to reduce the risk of any further fish kill events caused by algae-blooms, black water and oxygen depletion.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Water, Niall Blair today visited Lake Burrendong to see first-hand the fish kill which claimed more than 1,000 fish.

Minister Blair said recent localised storm activity had produced flows and runoff that resulted in a significant amount of organic debris being washed into the dam.

“We believe that the primary driver for the kill was a sudden reduction in oxygen levels when the organic debris started to decompose.” Minister Blair said.

“While water aeration won’t stop potential kills, it does provide localised areas, about the size of a basketball court, a place where fish can get more oxygen.”

“Unfortunately, the impact of this drought has seen Lake Burrendong drop to approximately 10 % of its water storage level and we expect it will drop to as low as 5 %.”

New South Wales Government is committed to monitoring the situation and helping to prevent further devastation to our ecosystems right across the State.

“Since December 2018, we have seen fish kills at the Namoi, Keepit, Menindee, Lake Cathie, Port Stephens, Lake Hume and we are keeping a close watch on Mannus Creek and Murrumbidgee in the coming weeks.”

NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Water Niall Blair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New South Wales Nationals Candidate for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders welcomed the installation of new aeration technology at Lake Burrendong.

“I thank Minister Blair for his quick action to try and reduce the impact on fish stocks in Lake Burrendong.” Mr. Saunders said.

“Unfortunately, this may not be the last fish kill for our region this summer, especially as high temperatures continue.”

“With our catchment expected to drop even lower, any help to try and reduce the impact of kills is good news for the environment and our fishers.” Mr. Saunders said.

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Solair Group – Aerator technology