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Regulating the Murray River

I think regulating the Murray is a good decision because it helps the river run its natural flow through the whole system from Corryong all the way through to the Murray Mouth at Goolwa.

Firstly, you need to know how to actually control flooding. Building or constructing dams can actually help the flow of the river.  Dams will store water and often release water into the river. Major dams along the Murray are the Hume dam and the Dartmouth dam.

Secondly fish ladders allow fish to swim upstream avoiding weirs and locks along the way. Because our native fish such as the cod and perch, swim close the bottom they use carp screens to catch the carp because they tend to jump, instead of swim like other fish.

Thirdly, regulating the river gives a constant supply of water to industry, residents and native or farm animals. This helps plants grow and keep industries on track. Water is a vital resource to all signs of life so it is a good idea.

On the other hand, lots of foreign trees such as willows and foreign plants such as bullrushes, can take over the riparian zone as well as the sides of the river. This is a big issue that you should notice and it’s obviously a disadvantage.

I hope the regulating program is a good idea because I think it a good idea. But you should also consider the bad points instead of just the good points.

Also the people that clean the weirs and builders should finish off the project of the other locks and weirs such as locks 11,12,13,14,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24 and 25. They got a bit slack (or just ran out of funding) but now I think it could be possible to finish the job so we have a highly regulated river. I hope you think this is a good idea.

2 Responses to Regulating the Murray River

  1. Sophie says:

    That is a good piece of writing becuase it states the main idea of regulating the Murray and and i should add a bit more description in the paragraph about the downs of regulaing the Murray

  2. Libby says:

    Sophie,

    Great blog. Not only did you make it easy to understand, it was also very informative. I like how you mentioned a downside that would affect this not only the good things. It helps people to think about not only the advantages but the disadvantages as well.

    Libby

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