Building dams is usually a tricky thing. People get touchy about flooding a valley and wonder where all the cute little animals will go.
Detailed inspection finds all sorts of endangered species which would probably also be found in the next valleys over if anyone was building a dam in them.
So expanding the existing Cotter Dam must have seemed like a great idea. The valley’s already been flooded by our less civilised ancestors.
The ABC, however, reports that there’s a problem:
- The dam is home to the last known population of Macquarie perch in the ACT and one of the few remaining viable colonies in the country.
Apparently they won’t be happy in the larger dam, because they need the reed beds currently fringing it.
Big brains are looking for a solution.
UPDATE: Thanks to Miz for noticing that this looks a lot like a consultation process for the Perch.