We drove down the east side of Lake Dunstan before crossing over it at Cromwell on Wednesday evening.
The lake was formed – more than a little controversially – when the Clyde Dam was built.
It interrupts the flow of the Clutha River but the river is still there, feeding and in turn being fed by Lake Dunstan.
We crossed the Clutha again north of Luggate on our way home yesterday. The water looked just as it always has, even though it’s dammed at Hawea a few kilometres above the bridge.
I have no doubt it looks the same below the Clyde Dam too even though both dams are owned by Contact Energy which, is a publicly listed power company.
In case that’s not clear, that means the state doesn’t own the dams and hasn’t for sometime.
Private ownership of the power companies operating on the Clutha River hasn’t affected the water and whoever may or may not own it. Why would the partial float of other energy companies have any affect on the water they use?