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Pollution of Snowy River acceptable? I don’t think so.

By Thumper 8 August 2006 8

The ABC is reporting that pollution that escaped into the Snowy River from construction work at the base of the Jindabyne Dam last week was within environmental guidelines according to The Snowy Hydro Corporation.

The Corporation has also stated that measures are in step to ensure water quality for downstream towns such a s Dalgety.

While this sounds all and good it was reported this morning that the spill has seriously endangered native fish, galaxia, as well as platypus due to sedimentation. Dalgety is also threatened as they now only have a few days of water remaining.

When will we learn that any spill of anything into our fragile river system is going cause problems.

Snowy Hydro shopuld hang their heads in shame and stop spinning it as ‘not all that bad’. Instead tbey should be plowing the dollars into fixing the problem.

The Snowy is one of our greatest known rivers, culturally, historically and sociologically, even if it has been reduced to trickle these days.

ABC article here.

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KaneO 7:56 pm 08 Aug 06

Just relax. Nothing to see here. You should expect a bit of punishment for stopping the sale of the Snowy Scheme. (more) Pollution, low water levels, fees for access are all in the future.
Once the snowy shire and it’s cronies flog off land around frying pan for a boutique development you won’t be able to access bits of Eucumbene either.
Just more mismanagement from NSW govt bodies.
Buy lube. They’re gonna screw ya.

Thumper 2:05 pm 08 Aug 06

That would be a tortoise…

James-T-Kirk 1:52 pm 08 Aug 06

Yes, I totally agree that everybody is entitled to clean water.

All I ask is that somebody defines ‘clean’. and also defines whether or not the ‘pollution’ actually goes above this definition. As VY said, he saw a turtle poluta a catchment once… I am sure that more than one yobbo has done similar in Googong. But t would take a lot of yobbos to affect the quality.

PigDog 1:49 pm 08 Aug 06

“The Snowy is one of our greatest known rivers…”

Unlike the Monshabki, one of our greatest unknown rivers.

VYBerlinaV8 1:38 pm 08 Aug 06

I once saw a turtle take a shit in Googong Dam. Everyone stop drinking!!!

Thumper 11:50 am 08 Aug 06

Dead platypus also make a statement.

S4anta 11:13 am 08 Aug 06

I think the bigger problem is that Dalgety relies on this now polluted water source to supliment their lack of drinkable water in the township and outlying areas.

Irrspective of wether it is an ‘artsy’ or scientifically proven opinion, I am sure that even you dear Capt. Kirk would agree that clean drinking water is something that the folks further down the catchment from this (possibly polluted with toxins) silt release are entitled to.

James-T-Kirk 10:06 am 08 Aug 06

Sorry to do this, but it is early in the morning.

One thing that really irritates me is the clash between a scientific view and an artsy view.

If I drop one drop of human sweat into the snowy river, and it makes no measurable effect, is that acceptable? It is all well and good to include many heart felt describing words (especially those ending in ‘ally’), but at some point, there *must* be a measurable specification that says what is ok, and what is not.

How much polution? What type? What is the internatinally acceptable level?

Next thing, we will be complaining about ‘radiation’ from mobile phone towers, or noise from the speedway.


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