Quote of the day:
. . . “It is gutting to see electricity dams spilling water that only runs out to sea when our economy is hostage to the vagaries of summer rainfall. We need to make a conscious decision to trap and store rainfall while we have heaps of it, for use when we don’t.
“As it stands right now, we seem to be okay as we approach mid-summer. If we had commercial water storage in place rather than tied up in planning, soil moisture would become less of an economic lottery,” . . Katie Milne, Federated Farmers Adverse Events spokesperson.
Floods play a role in river health.
But they don’t need all the flood water that has been flowing down them in the last few days to provide a good clean out.
Storing some water at peak flows to provide for irrigation and recreation later makes environmental, economic and social sense.