Right now, the NSW government is asking for your feedback on how water is managed in the Wambuul-Macquarie and Castlereagh catchments.
Remember how severe the 2017-2020 drought was? It shook our region.
The best available science tells us the chance of droughts that severe happening again have jumped from one in a thousand years, to as high as one in thirty years.
The river was cut off downstream of Warren town. Insurance populations of native fish, mussels and turtles had to be rescued from drying green pools. The Ramsar listed Macquarie Marshes caught on fire.
Plans were put in place to house rescued platypus, should the dam and downstream river run completely dry.
As Burrendong dam approached 0%, towns like Nyngan and Dubbo came within months of potentially running out of water.
The scramble to find more groundwater that wasn’t contaminated with dangerous PFAFs highlighted how susceptible to water mis-management our communities are.