A ban on pumping from the Barwon-Darling River has been partially lifted, 12 days after the rule was introduced.
- Low water flows triggered a stop to pumping from the Barwon-Darling River
- But good flows improved the river connectivity and allowed a partial lift of the ban
- The new rule is generally supported by irrigators but some say it “needs more work”
The rule, part of the NSW Government’s Barwon-Darling Unregulated Water-Sharing Plan, requires A, B and C class licence holders to stop pumping when the flow at Wilcannia has been less than 200 megalitres for 90 days.
The rule was introduced on July 1 last year to try to protect the environment and ensure river connectivity during low-flow periods and was triggered for the first…